Rental Housing

Rental housing is home to more than a third of US households, including a growing number of older and wealthier households. Our biennial America’s Rental Housing report and other publications analyze key trends and issues related to the changing nature of demand; the cost, character, and location of the stock; and the government policies that affect the supply of market-rate and subsidized units.

Reports & Papers

America's Rental Housing 2020

January 31, 2020

Author: Joint Center for Housing Studies

Documenting the Long-Run Decline in Low-Cost Rental Units in the US by State

September 17, 2019

Authors: Elizabeth La Jeunesse, Alexander Hermann, Daniel McCue, Jonathan Spader

Estimating the Gap in Affordable and Available Rental Units for Families

April 02, 2019

Authors: Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, Jennifer Molinsky

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Data & Charts


Whitney Airgood-Obrycki

Research Associate

COVID-19 Rent Shortfalls in Small Buildings

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Renters living in single-family homes and smaller multifamily buildings, along with the owners of those properties, are more likely to...

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Sophia Wedeen

Research Assistant

Nearly a Quarter of Major Metros Are Precariously Positioned for COVID-19 Job Losses

Monday, May 18, 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic is having substantial economic effects on renters throughout the United States, its impact could be particularly...

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