The Rent-to-Income Ratio is a simple calculation that helps determine what portion of your income is spent on rent. This ratio is often used by landlords to assess whether a prospective tenant can afford the rent. Here’s how you can calculate it:

**Determine Your Monthly Rent**: This is the amount you pay (or expect to pay) each month for rent.**Determine Your Gross Monthly Income**: This is your total income before taxes and other deductions. If you have a yearly salary, you can divide it by 12 to get your gross monthly income.**Calculate the Ratio**: Use the formula:Rent-to-Income Ratio=(Monthly RentGross Monthly Income)×100\text{Rent-to-Income Ratio} = \left( \frac{\text{Monthly Rent}}{\text{Gross Monthly Income}} \right) \times 100Rent-to-Income Ratio=(Gross Monthly IncomeMonthly Rent)×100This will give you the ratio as a percentage.

### Example Calculation

Let’s say your monthly rent is $1,200 and your gross monthly income is $4,000. The calculation would be:Rent-to-Income Ratio=(12004000)×100=30%\text{Rent-to-Income Ratio} = \left( \frac{1200}{4000} \right) \times 100 = 30\%Rent-to-Income Ratio=(40001200)×100=30%

### Interpretation

- A common guideline is that your rent should be no more than 30% of your gross income. If the ratio is above 30%, it may be considered high, indicating that you might be spending too much of your income on rent.
- If the ratio is below 30%, it suggests that your rent is a more manageable portion of your income.