by Max Brantley
• 32 percent of renters who were surveyed reported that they had a problem with their landlord making needed repairs.
• The top three household problems were plumbing, heating or cooling, and pests or rodent control.
• The majority of respondents who reported a problem had to ask the landlord repeatedly to make repairs. More than one-third of the people with problems ended up moving.
• Landlords eventually fixed the problems for just over half of respondents.
• One-quarter of those who had a problem with their landlord experienced a health issue they attributed to problems with the property. Those health issues included increased stress, breathing problems, headaches, high blood pressure and bites or infections.
• Respondents with less than a high school education were 33% more likely to report problems with their landlord than individuals with more than a high school education.
• Hispanic respondents were 41% more likely than whites to report problems with their landlord. They also experienced verbal abuse and were threatened with eviction at significantly higher rates than non-Hispanic respondents were. Hispanic respondents also moved more frequently as a result.