Audit of thebaseline landlord survey in site II
Assesses the completeness and reliability of data collected in the baseline (1974) landlord survey in St. Joseph County, Indiana (Site II of the Housing Assistance Supply Experiment). Survey fieldwork yielded 1915 field-complete landlord survey records for an overall sample completion rate of 63 percent. After interview validation, every item in the survey instrument was checked for respondent applicability and for erroneous entries. To select a smaller sample that would meet analytical needs, a separate audit was made of the reported revenues, expenses, and debt status of each property. The resulting sample of 1182 "revenue and expense complete" records was judged to be complete and reliable in all entries needed to construct financial accounts for baseline revenue and expense analysis. After a statistically significant bias, due to record selection, had been corrected, each record was weighted to obtain a joint representation of the full county population of unsubsidized rental properties containing permanent, complete housing units.