Survey: Mice, mold common in Sacramento rental homes

Published: Monday, Jul. 15, 2013 - 5:28 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Sacramento home renters are more likely to deal with mold and rodent problems than renters in any other large metropolitan area in California, according to the results of a housing survey released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau.

About 11 percent -- or one in nine - Sacramento renters said they had a rodent problem in their homes during the previous 12 months, according to the 2011 American Housing Survey. That's about 50 percent higher than the rate in Los Angeles and 60 percent higher than the rate in San Francisco.

Note: The full survey question was "Have you seen rodents in your home recently? Was that in the last 12 months?"

Roughly 7 percent - or one in 15 - Sacramento renters said they had a mold problem in their homes during the previous 12 months. That's slightly higher than the rate in San Francisco and Oakland, and about 40 percent higher than the rate in San Diego.

Note: The full survey question was "In the last 12 months, was there mold covering an area greater than or equal to the size of an 8½″ x 11″piece of paper in the home?"

And about 10 percent of Sacramento renters said they had a cockroach problem in the previous 12 months. That's about 31,000 households.

Renters were far more likely to have significant mold and cockroach problems than home owners in the Sacramento region, and were slightly more likely to have significant rodent problems.

The 2011 American Housing Survey covered the nation's largest metros; in California, those were Sacramento, Anaheim, LA, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Riverside and Oakland. The Census Bureau interviewed about 4,000 Sacramento households for the survey.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Housing Survey

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