New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS)

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The New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS), sponsored by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, is conducted every 3 years to comply with New York state and New York City’s rent regulation laws. The Census Bureau has conducted the survey for the City since 1965. The 2014 NYCHVS is the 16th such survey.

Detailed data from the survey cover many characteristics of the City’s housing market, including characteristics of the City’s population, households, housing stock, and neighborhoods. The rental vacancy rate is the primary focus of the survey, because that value is crucial to the current rent regulation laws. Other important survey data on housing include rent regulatory and homeownership status, structural conditions, unit maintenance and neighborhood conditions; crowding, rents, utility costs, type of heating fuel, rent/income ratios; owner purchase price and estimated value, mortgage status and interest rate; number of stories and units in building, cooperative/condominium status, wheelchair accessibility, and much more about housing and households in New York City.

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Caution in comparing Rent Regulation Status for 2014 with earlier years

The rent regulation sequence for the 2014 NYCHVS was adjusted to give higher priority to the Division of Housing and Community Renewal‘s (DHCR) reported rent regulation status than in the past. If applied to the 2011 NYCHVS data, about 34,000 more rent stabilized units than previously reported would result, largely consisting of higher rent units that previously would have been coded as deregulated by virtue of high rent vacancy deregulation, but in fact were still listed by DHCR as stabilized. Therefore, users should use caution in comparing rent regulation status data for 2014 with earlier surveys. For more information, please see Definitions of Rent Regulation Status.

2014 Data Tables


Documentation Materials 

2014 Survey Respondent Forms 

Source and Accuracy Statement [PDF]

Standard Errors of the Estimates [XLS] (Not Yet Available)

Definitions of Rent Regulation Status [PDF] (Not Yet Available)

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS) |  Last Revised: 2015-06-01T10:10:55-04:00