NYC Housing and Vacancy Survey

Every three years, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) partners with the United States Census Bureau to conduct the New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS). Since 1965, the NYC-HVS has been used to measure the rental vacancy rate and housing stock for the five boroughs of New York City.  The rental vacancy rate is the primary purpose of the survey because it determines the continuation of current rent regulation laws. Other important survey data include rent regulatory and homeownership status, unit, building, and, neighborhood conditions, rents, utility costs, employment and income, and much more about housing and households in New York City. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

The Census bureau will survey a sample of New York City residences, including approximately 19,000 units selected to represent all the types of housing in New York City: single family homes, apartments, condominiums, coops, and public housing, among others. The survey covers both rental and homeownership. All cases were selected at random and each selected household represents 170 other households in the five boroughs of New York City. This is why it is so important for all sampled households to answer survey questions. Every answer is held confidential and all Census Bureau employees are sworn for life to protect the privacy of survey participants and their answers.

Participation in the survey is voluntary, but the thirty minutes it takes to complete the survey will have a real impact in securing better, more affordable, and safer housing for millions of New Yorkers. And the Census bureau hires local New Yorkers to conduct the survey. So the NYCHVS isn’t just about New York City, it is by New York City and for New York City.

The subsequent report from survey data is useful to policy analysts, planners, scholars and researchers, real estate analysts, developers, service providers in private and non-profit organizations, government agencies and community groups. See the NYCHVS overview reports below: