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2019 Rental Survey

Purpose

Each year the Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority conducts a rental survey to assess the rental housing market in the City of Bloomington.  One of the uses for the information gathered in the survey is to establish payment standards for the Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority’s housing assistance programs.

Methodology

The information in this report is the result of a citywide online survey sent during June and July 2019, and represents a snap-shot look at the Bloomington rental market.  Rental surveys were sent to approximately 1,700 licensed rental properties in the City with the exclusion of boarding houses, single room rentals, hotel rooms and subsidized units.  Over 1,000 Landlords and apartment managers were contacted representing multi-unit apartment buildings, duplexes, for-rent single-family homes, townhomes and condos.  Approximately 300 landlords and property managers responded representing a total of 3,765 rental housing units in Bloomington. Rental properties with more than three bedrooms were not included in the survey due to their small sample size.

Results

2019 NUMBER OF UNITS SURVEYED

Bloomington’s rental market is predominately composed of one, two and three bedroom units in multi-family buildings.  Larger units consisting of four or more bedrooms are found in single-family dwellings, including duplexes and townhouses. The number of licensed single-family rental units has increased from 1059 in 2015 to 1716 in 2019 for an increase of 62%. 

Data collected on the individual property surveys were compiled and weighted by the number of units to calculate the average vacancy rates and average rental rates.

Number surveyed

  • Efficiency – 365
  • One-bedroom – 1,837
  • Two-bedroom – 1,238
  • Three-bedroom – 245

For 2019, efficiencies, two, and three bedroom units had increases in contract rents (the rent charged by the landlord). One bedroom units saw a decrease in contract rent since 2018. Efficiency, two, and three bedroom units had a 19%, 2.4%, 14% increase since 2018.  One bedrooms decreased in contract rent 1.7% since 2018. See Accompanying Table for a comparison of rents from 2016-2019.

This year’s survey also tracked vacancy rates.  The table below shows a comparison of vacancy rates from 2015 to 2019. One, two, and three bedroom units have had a decrease in vacancy rates while there was an increase for efficiencies.  The overall vacancy rate in Bloomington is low which indicates a very tight market.  A 5% vacancy rate is considered to indicate a healthy market.

The following chart gives further detail to the 2019 vacancy rates, as well as a comparison to past survey results.