rental values - Posted by John

Posted by Jim Rayner on March 14, 2002 at 18:24:40:


if you do not believe the numbers you can check them against datasets available at

They are the current published rates from hud. They represent in most markets the 40th percentile of the market rent. In some markets its the 50th percentile. Also local housing authorities have the the ability to pay these published rates plus or minus 10 percent based on current demand for affordable housing. You also need to keep in mind that that the hud published rates include owner/landlord furnished utilities so if the utilities are tenant paid then the rate will be adjusted downward based on schedules specific to the market.

Bottom line is that these rates should reflect the approximate average in each market perhaps within a range of 10 percent. Many units will rent for less and many will rent for more.

The surveys used to establish the 2002 rates were conducted in 2001. The rates were effective october 1, 2001 and updated annually.

These rates are also not a good indicator for SFR’s unless you plan to participate in the HUD section 8 voucher program.

For units or homes with more than 4 bedrooms you can increase the 4 bedroom rate by 15% for each additional bedroom.


rental values - Posted by John

Posted by John on March 14, 2002 at 11:35:08:

whats the best why to find rental values for an area?

Re: rental values - Posted by Craig (IL)

Posted by Craig (IL) on March 15, 2002 at 04:54:57:

In my area rental rates vary a lot. Yo9u may be looking at a range, not a specific figure. I suspect this is due in part to poor communication between various landlords in an area. Apparrently, few know much about what other landlords are charging.

One thing I do is to look through local paper archives at the local local library. I look up classified ads 2-6 months old, call these landlords, ask them their rental rate, facts about the units, how long it took to find good renters, etc. I’ve found landlords to be quite willing to talk with me.

Re: rental values - Posted by Ed D-NH

Posted by Ed D-NH on March 14, 2002 at 22:47:09:

rental values maybe 5-10% low according to my area.
Seems fairly accurate

Re: rental values - Posted by Tom B (GA)

Posted by Tom B (GA) on March 14, 2002 at 12:31:22:

Use the drop down list to find your state.


Re: rental values - Posted by ken in sc

Posted by ken in sc on March 14, 2002 at 12:17:31:

Look in the yellow pages under “Property Management”. Go by these companies and act like you are looking for a house to rent. Get their list of available houses.

Also, many cities have a company called somthing like “RentMart” which compiles a list of all rentals available and sells them for a fee.


Re: How accurate is the website??? - Posted by Alex

Posted by Alex on March 14, 2002 at 15:46:40:

I don’t think the rental values are really updated, specially looking at a couple of cities in the Northeast (RI, CT)! :frowning: