Northside, a historically-black Chapel Hill community, has been the focus of recent controversy.
In April, a group of Northside landlords petitioned the Chapel Hill town council to disband the Northside Conservation District.
Founded in 2004, the district has been used to issue regulations to preserve the neighborhood’s character.
Diane Li, a UNC sophomore and intern at the Jackson Center, said she helped conduct the survey by walking through the neighborhood and surveying 46 different residents from different households.
“What we want to do is get a better feel of the neighborhood and see that landlords really take care of students,” Li said. “See if they’re providing safe and comfortable housing for the tenants.”
As much as 20 percent of students living in the Northside neighborhood did not think their landlord fully respected their privacy, according to the survey, which was conducted over a few weeks at the end of February and beginning of March.
Todd Neal, a Northside investor, property manager and real estate broker, said it is important to never show up at an occupied residence unannounced so as to preserve the privacy of residents.
“(Some landlords) think it’s their domain, and they don’t think of it as being someone’s house,” Neal said.