Eviction filings in Dallas County, TX fell sharply when eviction proceedings were suspended across Texas on March 19, 2020. Eviction protections in Texas began to expire on May 18, 2020 after which new filings increased modestly but have remained below historical averages.
More detail on eviction protections in Texas can be found on the COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard.
* 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 Dallas were higher than average in January and February of 2020.1 That pattern reversed in March, and new filings were 99% below average in April. Filings increased steadily since then but have remained below historical averages into 2021.
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 2021. We analyzed eviction records in Dallas 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.
Dallas County is divided into 529 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, Latinx, or Other/None. In January and February 2020, eviction filings were concentrated in neighborhoods with no racial majority. By March and April, eviction filings 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 the historical years.1