Renter-Occupied Housing Units (continued)

1993 NYC Housing and Vacancy Survey

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Number of 1993 Maintenance Deficiencies




Number of 1987 Maintenance Deficiencies


The data for these items consist of a count of all households answering affirmatively to the specific maintenance deficiency items collected in 1987 and 1991. In order to be counted in one of the five 1987 deficiency categories, all of the following items had to be reported: heating equipment breakdown, additional heating required, rodent infestation, cracks/holes in the walls, ceilings or floors, and broken plaster/peeling paint larger than 8 1/2 X 11 inches. In 1991 the list was expanded to include toilet breakdowns and water leaks. Data are presented separately for the "1987" and the "1991" deficiency items.


Boarded up Buildings in Neighborhood (Respondent)


The respondent is asked whether there are buildings with broken or boarded up windows in his/her neighborhood, which would encompass the area the respondent considers his/her neighborhood.


Buildings with Broken or Boarded Up Windows on Street (Observation)


This information is gathered by the field interviewer. It concerns buildings with broken or boarded up windows on the same street (both sides within the same block) as the sample unit.


Neighborhood Residential Structure Condition Rating (Respondent)


The respondent's overall opinion of the physical condition of the residential structures in his/her neighborhood.


Length of Lease


A lease is defined as a contract granting use or occupation during a specified period in exchange for rent. The length of lease is from the time the lease originated, not from the time of the interview. The data are limited to households paying cash rent.


Cooperative/Condominium Status of Building Development




Householder lived in Unit at Time of Conversion to Coop/Condo




Non-eviction Conversion to Coop/Condo


Rental apartments can be converted to condominiums or cooperatives through either an "eviction" plan or a "non-eviction" plan. A "non-eviction" plan allows persons who occupied an apartment at the time it became a condominium or cooperative to continue to occupy and rent the apartment without purchasing it. Tenants may not be evicted if they do not buy their unit. Data for this item are limited to renter occupied condominiums and cooperatives.


Presence of Plumbing Facilities


A housing unit has complete facilities if it has hot and cold piped water, a flush toilet, and a bathtub or shower. All facilities need not be located in the same room, but they must be in the unit. Complete plumbing facilities are for exclusive use if they are used by the occupants of the unit.


Toilet Breakdown


Based on respondent's report of whether there was a time in the three month period preceding the survey when all the toilets in the apartment (house) were not working for six consecutive hours.


Presence of Kitchen Facilities


A housing unit has complete kitchen facilities if it has a sink with piped water, a range or cookstove, and a refrigerator. All facilities must be located in the unit although they do not need to be in the same room. Kitchen facilities are for exclusive use if they are only used by the occupants of the unit.


Functioning of Kitchen Facilities


A kitchen facility is considered to be functioning if it works at all, even if imperfectly.


Rent Subsidy


This refers to whether the Federal, state, or local government pays part of the householder's rent. If the householder is receiving public assistance or welfare payments, this item refers to any rent subsidy over and above the shelter allowance. Payment may go directly to the landlord on behalf of the householder, or it may go directly to the householder with the restriction that the money must be used to pay for housing. Section 8 and the "housing voucher" Federal programs are examples of rent subsidy programs.


Respondent Reported Rent Control Status


Rent regulation status is the status as reported by the respondent. The response to this question is NOT used in defining the final rent regulation status of the unit in the HVS tables.