South Carolina implemented a state-wide eviction moratorium between March 17 and May 14, 2020. In both Charleston and Greenville, this period saw almost no new eviction filings. Since the moratorium lifted, however, new case filings have increased.
More detail on eviction protections in South Carolina can be found on the COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard.
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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.
Eviction filings in Charleston were slightly below average in January and February of this year.1 Filings dropped in March, and fell to nearly zero in April. Filings have increased since then, but remain below historical averages.
Charleston County is divided into 86 census tracts. In each of those tracts, we map the number of eviction filings over the last four weeks. If you toggle below you can see these numbers as eviction filing rates—the number of eviction filings divided by the number of renter households in the area—or compared to the typical number of filings in the average year.1 2
American Community Survey (ACS) data allow us to categorize neighborhoods by their racial/ethnic majority: White, Black, or Other/None. Under normal circumstances, evictions in Charleston are filed relatively evenly in neighborhoods that are majority-white and majority-Black. Since March 2020, eviction filings have dropped across all neighborhoods.
When you toggle the figure to see data relative to average, comparisons are being drawn—within the same set of neighborhoods defined by racial/ethnic majority—between filings in 2020-2021 and average filings in 2016–2019.1