The state of Tennessee implemented an eviction moratorium that ran from March 13 to June 1, 2020, and courts in Shelby County (Memphis) were closed until June 15. During this period, new eviction filings were still allowed. The rate of new filings picked up after the moratorium lifted.
More detail on eviction protections in Tennessee can be found on the COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard.
CDC Order September 4 - June 30
* 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 Memphis ran at historical average in January and February of 2020.1 They began to fall in March and bottomed out at 18% of average in April. Filings have increased since then but remain below historical averages.
Shelby County is divided into 221 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. Under normal circumstances, most evictions in Memphis are filed in neighborhoods that are majority-Black. Since March 2020, eviction filings have dropped across all neighborhoods, though they have more recently increased back closer to historical averages. Majority-Black neighborhoods continue to see the largest number of eviction filings.
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