Households overpaying for housing

Updated 10/3/18

According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, “the generally accepted definition of affordability is for a household to pay no more than 30% of its annual income on housing. An estimated 12 million renter and homeowner households now pay more then 50% of their annual incomes for housing, and a family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford the local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States.” Overall, housing overpayment, including utility and insurance costs, is a more prevalent problem among renter-households than among owner-households. Community programs can support the creation of more affordable housing opportunities.

The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines establish that homeowners are overpaying if their mortgage is 25% or more of household income. Renters are overpaying when rent and utilities are 30% or more of household income. Rents fell for apartments of all sizes starting in 2010, but started increasing annually beginning 2012. Rents increased approximately 10% Q2-2018 over the prior 12 months.


US Census Bureau, American Community Survey


  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit rents are lower than market rents. 2014 rents for 1-3 bedroom units were from 17% to 24% lower than market rate in urban counties; studio apartments were close to market rents in urban counties.
  • 2001-12 June survey; 2013 survey Q3 (2 bedroom/1 bath); 2014-16 survey Q4 (Reno MSA); 2017 survey Q2; 2018 survey Q2


Nevada Division of Housing, Annual Apartment Survey

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