Experts generally recommend keeping your housing costs around 30% of your monthly income. But the number of “cost-burdened” tenants — those who spend more than 30% of their income on rent — rose to 21.3 million people last year, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.
Of those, more than 26% are “severely cost burdened” and spend more than half of their income to cover rent.
Here’s the problem:
rents are increasing much faster than wages. Inflation-adjusted rents increased 7% from 2001-2014 while household incomes dropped 9%, the report showed. At the same time, rising demand for rental units has pushed the national vacancy rate to a 30-year low, driving prices even higher.
“These trends have led to record numbers of renters paying excessive amounts of income for housing, with little prospect for meaningful improvement,” the report said. The median rent for a new apartment climbed to $1,372 last year, a 26% increase from 2012.
While low-income households are the most likely to have a hard time making ends meet, middle-income households are increasingly struggling to make rent. The number of burdened households with an income of $45,000-$74,999 jumped to 21% in 2014 from 12% in 2001.
Read more by Kathryn Vasel at CNN.com
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