Boston, Massachusetts

Eviction filings in Boston, MA have fallen sharply since eviction proceedings were suspended across Massachusetts on March 17. A subsequent moratorium halted evictions through mid-October. However, law enforcement cannot carry out eviction orders in Somerville until further notice. 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 after the state moratorium expired.

The City of Boston enacted new protections in late-August 2021, prohibiting landlords and owners from serving or enforcing residential evictions, except in cases of serious lease violations or health and safety issues.

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.
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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 and only four eviction filings were processed in May.2 Filings increased in November following the expiration of the state-wide moratorium, but have remained below historical averages.

  1. Average eviction filings taken from Eviction Lab data for 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016
  2. Filing data for 2020-2021 collected by January Advisors