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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.

Sacramento-area renters lead state in mold, rodent problems, survey says

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 7B
Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 4, 2014 - 7:49 am

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 – of 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.

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.

And about 10 percent of Sacramento renters said they had a cockroach problem in the previous 12 months. That's about 32,000 households.

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

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

The survey covered the entire four-county capital region and didn't break down exactly where in the region rodent, pest and mold problems were most prevalent.

Call The Bee's Phillip Reese, (916) 321-1137. Follow him on Twitter @PhillipHReese.

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