Renters Survey - Marin Housing Solutions
Your participation in this survey is crucial to Marin Housing Solutions for the identification of the need for fair and affordable housing and development of new housing solutions in Marin County. It should only take 4 to 5 minutes to complete the survey and your participation is anonymous. You will not be asked for any personal information that could reveal your identity. Thank you for assisting us.
1. 0n a scale from 0 to 9, where 0 is “Extremely Unsatisfied” and 9 is “Extremely Satisfied,” how satisfied are you with your housing situation?
1.a If you are unsatisfied with your housing situation (rating of 0-4 above), why are you unsatisfied? Select all that apply.
Rent is too high
Landlord won’t make repairs
Threatened by or experiencing eviction
Poor/low quality school
Not enough job opportunities in the area
Inadequate access to health care/medical facilities
Inadequate access to public transit
Too much street/highway noise
Too much traffic
2. What are the factors that were most important to you in choosing your current housing? Select all that apply.
Landlord takes Section 8
Landlord would rent to me despite bad credit/past evictions/history
Cost/I could afford it
Close to bus/transit stops
Close to work/job opportunities
Landlord accepts pets
Low crime rate/safe
Close to quality public schools/School district
Close to health care facilities and services
I/we are disabled and require the accessibility improvements offered here
Close to restaurants/entertainment/shopping
Close to places of worship
Close to family/friends
Close to parks and open space
Number of bedrooms
It was available
3. In the past five years, have you had to move out of a home or apartment when you did not want to move?
No (Skip to question 4)
3.a If yes, what were the reasons you had to move?
Evicted because I was behind on rent
Evicted because of apartment rules
Evicted because of no reason
Rent increased more than I could pay
Landlord refused to renew my lease
Personal reasons/relationship reasons
Lost job/hours reduced
3.b If you have children, did your children have to change schools as a result of the move?
4. In the past five years, have you looked seriously for housing to rent in Marin County? (“Serious” looking includes touring homes or apartments, putting in applications.)
No, I have not seriously looked for housing in Marin County in the past five years (Skip to question 5)
4.a In the past five years when you looked seriously for housing to rent in Marin County, how easy or difficult was it to find safe, quality housing that you could afford?
4.b If it was difficult (ranked 0-4 above), what made it so difficult to find housing? (Please specify)
4.c When you looked for housing in Marin County in the past five years, were you ever denied housing to rent?
No (Skip to question 5)
4 d. When you looked for housing , did you feel you were denied based on any of the following? Select all that apply.
Income too low
I have Section 8/Housing Choice voucher
My race/ethnicity or partner’s race/ethnicity
I have children
Size of my family/household; too many people
My immigration status
The language I speak
Landlord didn’t accept the type of income I earn (social security or disability benefit)
Landlord didn’t allow pets
Service animal/assistance animal/therapeutic animal was not allowed
Other renter/applicant willing to pay more for rent
I didn’t get my rental application in fast enough
Lack of stable housing record
Because I am homeless
4.e Please specify the place(s) where you were denied housing.
5. When you think about your housing situation, do you worry about the following issues? Please check all that apply.
My landlord refuses to make repairs despite my requests
My landlord will stop accepting Section 8
My rent going up to an amount I can’t afford
If I request a repair it will result in a rent increase or eviction
If I request an accommodation for my disability, my rent will go up or I will be evicted
I have a felony/criminal record and cannot find a place to rent
I have bad credit/history of evictions/foreclosure and cannot find a place to rent
My rental unit will be converted to a condo
I need housing assistance (voucher/public housing/rent assistance) but the waitlist is too long/closed
6. What portion of your income is spent on housing?
7. Do you or someone in your household have a Section 8 voucher?
7.a In your experience, how difficult is it to find a landlord that accepts a Section 8 voucher?
7.b If "somewhat difficult" or "very difficult", why is it difficult to use a Section 8 voucher? Select all that apply.
Landlords have policies of not renting to voucher holders
Voucher is not enough to cover the rent for places I want to live
Not enough time to find a place to live before the voucher expires
Have a hard time finding information about landlords that accept Section 8
8. What city do you live in?
9. Do you feel that all residents in the area where you live are treated equally or the same as residents of other areas in your community?
I don't know
9.a If no, please describe how?
10. When you looked for housing in Marin County, did you ever feel you were discriminated against?
No (skip to question 11)
10.a If yes, what were the reasons you felt discriminated against?
10.b What did you do about the discrimination? Select all that apply.
Nothing—I wasn’t sure what to do
Nothing—I was afraid of being evicted/harassed
Moved/found another place to live
Called/emailed housing authority
Called/emailed fair housing organization
Called/emailed government agency/city council
Called/emailed a lawyer
Called /emailed other organization
Filed a complaint
10.c If you felt you or someone you knew were discriminated against when looking for housing, what would you do? Select all that apply.
Look for help on the Internet
Contact a friend or family member I trust for advice
Contact a lawyer/Legal Aid/ACLU
Contact a Fair Housing Organization
Contact a Civil Rights group
Contact a Human Rights group
Contact city/county government/elected officials
Contact housing authority
11. How many people, including you, currently live in your household?
One/I live alone
Seven or more
12. Do you have any children, under age 18, currently living in your household?
13. What is your current marital status?
14. What is your gender?
15. In what year were you born?
16. Of which racial, ethnic or cultural group do you consider yourself a member? Select all that apply.
American Indian/Native American
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
17. Into what category does your total household income fall?
Less than $5,000
$5,000 up to $9,999
$10,000 up to $14,999
$15,000 up to $19,999
$20,000 up to $24,999
$25,000 up to $34,999
$35,000 up to $49,999
$50,000 up to $74,999
$75,000 up to $99,999
$100,000 up to $149,999
$150,000 or more
18. Other than employment, do you receive any of the following? Select all that apply.
19. What suggestions do you have to make housing in Marin County more available?
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