Don’t blame real estate investors for rental market woes.

Original article via Financial Post. Click here to read.

Unlike owner-occupied housing, our understanding of rental housing is inadequate at best.

Even basic information on the rental market, such as by the type and size of housing and across neighbourhoods, is not readily available.

This leaves landlords, investors, and renters make do with incomplete and, at times, dated information.

A straightforward question about what percentage of the dwellings in an urban market are rented out by private households requires a serious exercise in data mining. For improved rental market outcomes and decision-making, the information gaps must be filled posthaste.

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