Eviction filings in the Fort Worth-area counties we track—Tarrant and Denton Counties, TX—fell sharply when eviction proceedings were suspended across Texas on March 19, 2020. Eviction protections in Texas began to expire on May 18, 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 Fort Worth were higher than average in January and February of 2020.1 That pattern reversed in March, and new filings were 96% below average in April. Filings have increased steadily since then but have remained below normal levels.
Tarrant and Denton Counties are divided into 494 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