New Yorkers are some of the most dissatisfied tenants

Is heat and a working toilet really that much to ask for?
November 12, 2017 05:05PM

Welcome to New York, rat capital of America. (Front photo by ArtBrom/Flickr; back photo by Pixabay)

Based on the 2015 American Housing Survey, Abodo, a site for rental listings, ranked 25 metro areas according to where tenants are the most satisfied with their homes. New York came in among the bottom five in tenant satisfaction with a rank of 22.

Why? Prices are an obvious factor, as expected, but two major gripes that New York scored the worst in were a lack of heat and broken toilets. Almost 20 percent of New York renters surveyed reported being “uncomfortably cold” for over 24 hours while almost 6 percent said they didn’t have a working toilet for some period of time within the past three months.

New York finally nabbed the top score in one area: the Big Apple was the top metro area surveyed to report rodents. About 20 percent of the tenants — yes, that’s one in five — surveyed said they noticed evidence of mice or rats in their apartments in the last year.

[Abodo] — E.K. Hudson