Cleveland, Ohio


While the state of Ohio did not institute a general eviction moratorium, the Cleveland Municipal Housing Court halted the processing of non-emergency eviction filings on March 16, 2020. This policy reduced filings to near zero until its expiration on June 15, 2020, after which filings increased. During the summer of 2020, Cleveland also extended the right to counsel for many tenants facing eviction.

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


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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CDC Order

* 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 Cleveland were slightly below average in January and February 2020.1 Filings dropped dramatically in March and were near zero until mid-June 2020, after which filings increased.2

  1. Average eviction filings are based on data from 2016-2019, collected by LSC.
  2. Filing data for 2020 onwards collected by LSC.

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Eviction Hotspots

Eviction filings aren’t spread evenly across cities: a small number of buildings are responsible for a disproportionate share of eviction cases. This pattern, which existed before the pandemic, has continued in 2020 and beyond. We analyzed eviction records in Cleveland to determine where the most cases are being filed during the pandemic. This is a list of eviction hot spots—the 10 buildings responsible for the most filings—over the course of the full pandemic and over the last eight weeks. We also display the plaintiff name most often listed with a given building in the court filings.

Eviction Hotspot data will be updated quarterly.

The geography of changes in eviction filings

Cleveland is divided into 177 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

  1. Average eviction filings are based on data from 2016-2019, collected by LSC.
  2. Tract-level breakdown of renter race/ethnicity determined using American Community Survey (ACS) estimates for 2015–2019.

Eviction filings by neighborhood demographics

American Community Survey (ACS) data allow us to categorize neighborhoods by their racial/ethnic majority: White, Black, Latinx, or Other/None.

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 over the last six months and average filings in 2012–2016.1

  1. Average eviction filings are based on data from 2016-2019, collected by LSC.

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