The U.S. Department of Commerce's Census Bureau published quarterly data on nationwide rental vacancies, defined as the proportion of rental housing inventory that is vacant for rent. For the quarter ending in September 2015, the vacancy rate for rental housing was reported at 7.3%, an increase of 0.50 percentage points from 6.8% last quarter, and an increase of 0.20 percentage points from the 7.1% vacancy rate reported in March 2015. The homeowner vacancy rate reached a high of 11.1% in September 2009.
The Census also estimates rental housing inventory, publishing figures for the number of homes vacant for rent. There were 3.39M households vacant for rent this quarter, an increase of 6.10% from 3.2M last quarter, and an increase of 0.80% from the 3.36M rental vacancies reported this time last year.
Since data collection started, rental housing inventory reached an all-time low of 2.89M in December 2000. Out of 135M total housing units, 42.6M housing units were reported as renter occupied this quarter by the Census.
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