What do Apartment Renters Want? Location is King According to New Survey


Location is king, but renters want clean, updated units with great appliances, too.

I hereby dub 2016 as the “Year of the Renter” as I’ve seen more studies and press releases in the past month prognosticating rental trends and preferences than I have all through 2015. We’ve seen how Dallas rental rates take a smaller chunk of residents paychecks than in other places, we’ve seen how renters are growing in market share as demand remains strong, and we’ve seen that there’s an affordability problem when it comes to Dallas properties for rent.

And of course, we did some well-thought-out navel gazing about the 10 most expensive rentals in Dallas-Fort Worth. All of those stories are well worth a glance with your eyeballs.

But we haven’t covered yet is what renters really want. So, the National Multifamily Housing Council and Kingsley and Associates are going to tell us what they want (what they really, really want).

As it turns out, renters want peace and quiet, proximity to nightlife, and a relatively short (but not too short!) commute. Jump to see an infographic covering all of the amenities renters are looking for right now.


What Apartment Renters Want