Enter the monthly rent payment and monthly income into the calculator to determine the rent burden. This calculator can also evaluate any of the variables given the others are known.

## Rent Burden Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the rent burden.

RB = (R / I) * 100

Variables:

• RB is the rent burden (%) R is the monthly rent payment ($) I is the monthly income ($)

To calculate the rent burden, divide the monthly rent payment by the monthly income. Multiply the result by 100 to get the rent burden as a percentage.

## What is a Rent Burden?

Rent burden refers to the financial strain a person or household experiences when a large percentage of their income goes towards paying rent. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines rent burden as spending more than 30% of one’s income on rent. Those spending more than 50% are considered severely rent burdened. This can lead to difficulty in affording necessities like food, clothing, transportation and medical care.

## How to Calculate Rent Burden?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Rent Burden.

1. First, determine the monthly rent payment ($). 2. Next, determine the monthly income ($).
3. Next, gather the formula from above = RB = (R / I) * 100.
4. Finally, calculate the Rent Burden.
5. After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

Example Problem :

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

monthly rent payment ($) = 800 monthly income ($) = 3000