units, roughly 5.6 percent of all rental units in the 7-county metro area (seeappendices A and B for questionnaire templates).We adopted the system used by the Minnesota Multi Housing Associationto classify property owners by number of units owned:
have from5 to 20 units;
have from 21 to 100 units; and
have100 units or more. Our goal was to interview a relatively equal mix of propertyowners from each size classification, based upon the assumption that thedecision-making process for owners in each size class may differ.Interview candidates for property owners were found initially through aninternet search for apartment vacancies in the 7 county metro, followed by phonecalls to the management companies indicated in the advertisements. Thisresulted in eight interviews with large property owners, including threeinterviews with companies who managed over 3,000 units each (7000, 3900, and3500 units respectively). In order to get a balanced mix of property owners, weattended a meeting sponsored by the Minnesota Multi Housing Association fortheir small and medium owner groups. Networking at this meeting resulted inseven more interviews with small and medium-sized property owners. In total,we conducted 15 interviews with representation from small, medium, and largeproperty owners (see Table 1).