NEW YORK – Nov. 7, 2013 – Americans don’t care to get to know the neighbor renting next door, according to a survey of more than 3,000 adults conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Trulia.
Homeowners look down on neighbors who rent more than any other group living in their neighborhood, the survey finds. Thirty-five percent of respondents say it’s “most important” to them that their neighbors be homeowners, and 51 percent of homeowners say they “prefer” to have other homeowners as neighbors.
Overall, residents generally like it if the families in their neighborhood look alike – 33 percent say they prefer neighbors who speak the same language, 16 percent prefer neighbors with the same family structure, and 10 percent prefer the same race and ethnicity.
At a time when more single-family homes have been turned into rentals, other surveys have found a prejudice against renter neighbors too. Nearly 75 percent of homeowners say that renters are bad neighbors, according to a survey by NeighborsFromHell.com.
“Renters are less likely to adapt to local customs concerning noise, trash, parking and lawn upkeep,” says Robert Borzotta, founder of NeighborsFromHell.com. “Homeowners are perceived to care more about their property, its appearance, safety of the community and property values.”
Still, according to the Trulia survey, two-thirds of those surveyed say they like their neighbors. But don’t expect them to know their neighbors very well. Only 46 percent of urbanites say they know their neighbor’s name.
Source: “America’s Least Favorite Neighbors: Renters,” MarketWatch (Oct. 30, 2013)
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