Boston, Massachusetts


Eviction filings in Boston, MA fell sharply after eviction proceedings were suspended across Massachusetts on March 17, 2020. A subsequent moratorium halted evictions through mid-October of 2020. Compared to equivalent periods in previous years (2012–2013, 2015–2016), eviction filings fell far below average beginning in April 2020, though filings rose modestly in November 2020 after the state moratorium expired.

The City of Boston enacted new protections in August 2021, prohibiting landlords and owners from serving or enforcing residential evictions, except in cases of serious lease violations or health and safety issues. These local protections were struck down on November 29, 2021.

More detail on eviction protections in Massachusetts can be found on the COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard.

  1. Boston eviction filing data has a disproportionate number of cases with missing census tract information in recent months. We have temporarily pulled our tract-level analyses as a result.

Eviction Filings By Week

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Weekly Filings

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Filings Trend

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Local Moratorium

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* Filings in the last week may be undercounted as a result of processing delays. These counts will be revised in the following week.

Changes in eviction filings

Eviction filings in Boston were running close to historical averages in January and February of 2020.1 Filings fell in March following the suspension of eviction proceedings. Eviction filings were down more than 80% in April 2020.2 Filings increased in November 2020 following the expiration of the state-wide moratorium.

  1. Average eviction filings taken from Eviction Lab data for 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016
  2. Filing data for 2020 onwards collected by January Advisors

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