In 1940, CHPC conducted a study of the moving habits and attitudes of 1219 New York families. The ‘sub-committee on Tenant-Landlord Relations’, part of CHPC’s Housing Management Committee, scrutinized the factors that compelled tenants to move homes; a process that causes “a drain on family resources no matter how happy the outcome”.
The study’s major findings were:
- Lower rent was the chief reason for moving given by Manhattan tenants;
- More than 1/4 of Manhattan tenants wanted more value for money;
- 1/4 might have been induced by their former landlord to remain;
- Tenants claim they are spending too much of their income on rent;
- 1/3 of tenants are dissatisfied with their repairs and redecoration policies;
- More than 1/2 of Manhattan tenants say their landlord should supply recreation facilities;
- Brooklyn residents show greater stability than Manhattan residents.
You can read the full report here (pdf)