Rich Renters

The largest share of high-income renters in the U.S. is reserved for San Francisco, where 31% of renter households earn over $150,000 annually . In fact, the only other renter demographic that holds a larger share is that of San Franciscans who make less than $50,000 per year (33.9%).

San Francisco is home to more wealthy renters than homeowners , with the 71,400 top-earning renter households outnumbering the 62,400 high-income owners. The number of wealthy owner-occupied households went from 40,100 in 2007 to 62,400 in 2017. That translates into a respectable 56% increase, but it pales in comparison to the 240% increase experienced by wealthy renter-occupied households (from 21,000 in 2007 to 71,400 in 2017).


I feel like the data would be better presented in other ways.

  1. %age of total population.
  2. Adjusted for COL.

I bet they don’t want to rent a SFH. They want to rent a condo or apartment in the city with a high walk score.


Why? They can afford to pay high high rent but no money for a garage and car?

Cheaper to Uber and take public transit.

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You are on the money. My tenants live in condos in neighborhoods w absurdly high walk scores and have nice cars - Audis, BMWs, etc.

Landlords drive Toyotas and Hondas. Tenants drive Teslas :slight_smile:
Both my tenants drive Teslas, I drive Toyota.


Condos and apartments have parking. A car is just for commuting. They walk everywhere for entertainment. If they can walk to work, public transit, or a work shuttle then there’s no need for a car. A car is a need if you live in suburbs where everything is spread out. It’s not a need in the city. Young people want to be in the city.

They might seem to have a better lifestyle based on the car they own but at least you don’t have to kowtow to a boss every single day. So in reality you are happier.

In exchange I have to kowtow to her majesty after 9-5.

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That sounds like a game of S&M where you play the slave…

Tenants who love to waste money on fancy cars, rent, restaurants and travel, will never be able to save for a down payment. Great for landlords.

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My tenant owns a mansion in Hawaii while renting my house here…

I bet he bought the mansion first

High income people more likely to rent than own in SF. High income young professionals like to rent and enjoy rent control. Lower income people buy houses and rent to these high income royal tenants. How about repeal rent control?

Are you smoking weed again? :thinking:


Rent control wasn’t supposed to be for pied a terres for rich people.

Hawai’i mansion is also pretty expensive. Did he rent his Hawai’i mansion for higher rent than what you charges him?

Let’s repeal rent control at state level. Massachusetts has done it, they have Harvard and MIT, we have Stanford, Caltech. We can do it!

No. She goes back to Hawaii to live there 50% of the time. She pays me full year rent though just in case you’re wondering.