Census Bureau: 2021 Rental Housing Finance Survey Summary Tables Released

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released new summary tables for the 2021 Rental Housing Finance Survey (RHFS). The RHFS provides measures of financial, mortgage and property characteristics of U.S. residential properties with at least one housing rental unit. It is the only data source that provides a comprehensive picture of mortgage financing for all types of rental properties.

The RHFS collects data on:

  • Property characteristics—property value, purchase price, year built, year acquired, number of buildings, number of rental units, and recent improvements and upgrades.
  • Rental status and monthly rents in residential buildings.
  • Commercial use of space in residential structures.
  • Property management status.
  • Ownership status.
  • Benefits received from federal, state, local and nongovernmental programs.
  • Mortgage characteristics—the number of mortgages (or debts) on the property, original/outstanding loan amounts, interest rates, and frequency of payments (biweekly, monthly, annually, one-time, etc.).       

The Census Bureau conducts this HUD-sponsored survey. Data were collected from May-November 2021. The reference period of the survey was all 12 months of 2020.

For more information about the RHFS, visit the Rental Housing Finance Survey (RHFS) website.

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