Eviction filings in Boston 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, 2021.2
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This plot shows monthly eviction filings in Boston over the last year. Filings are displayed relative to the pre-pandemic average for the same set of months. You can toggle the plot to display filing counts and to extend the time frame back to January 2020.1 2
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Eviction filings by defendant race/ethnicity and gender
There are often large racial/ethnic and gender disparities in eviction risk. Here, we estimate the demographic characteristics of those filed against for eviction over the last year. We compare to data from the ACS that show the share of renters in the same categories.1