Data on current market conditions are hard to come by. Only a small portion of available apartments are listed in the classified sections of the major newspapers, and the city’s realtors do not participate in a multiple listing service from which asking rents can be easily tabulated. Several private firms track market rents in prime districts of Manhattan, but those surveys are not representative of citywide market conditions. As a result, many public and private housing decisions are based on anecdotal market information.
Click here (pdf) to read CHPC’s data analysis of monthly rent levels for recent movers as well as a short article on New York’s welfare shelter allowances.