Memphis, Tennessee

The state of Tennessee implemented an eviction moratorium that ran from March 13 to June 1, 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, and continued to increase over the summer.

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

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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 September 4 - January 31

* 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 Memphis ran at historical average in January and February of this year.1 They began to fall in March and bottomed out at 18% of average in April. Filings have increased steadily since then.

  1. Eviction filing data for Shelby County were collected by LSC. Historical averages cover the years 2016-2019.

The geography of changes in eviction filings

Shelby county is divided into 221 Census Tracts. In each of those tracts, we map eviction filings over the last four weeks compared to the typical number of filings in the average year.1 Over that period, we see declines in eviction filings across most the city, though a few neighborhoods south of downtown with above-average filings.

  1. Eviction filing data for Shelby County were collected by LSC. Historical averages cover the years 2016-2019.
  2. Tract racial majority determined using American Community Survey (ACS) estimates for 2014–2018

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. Under normal circumstances, most evictions in Memphis are filed in neighborhoods that are majority-Black. Since March, 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 and average filings in 2016–2019.

  1. Eviction filing data for Shelby County were collected by LSC. Historical averages cover the years 2016-2019.