New York has taken a number of steps to prevent a surge in eviction cases. A state-wide moratorium prevented landlords from filing eviction cases from late-March until June 20, 2020. Additional protections—including the Tenant Safe Harbor Act and the automatic suspension of newly-filed eviction cases—have helped to keep filings below historical averages. A state-wide moratorium was again implemented in late-December. Pieces of the state-wide moratorium that allowed tenants to avoid a court case by declaring a COVID hardship were struck down by the Supreme Court in August 2021, but a new moratorium was enacted on September 2 that still affords tenants certain protections in cases of COVID hardship.
* 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 New York City were significantly below historical averages in January and February of 2020.1 Filings dropped to nearly zero in April, May, and June, but increased starting in July. Filings declined again starting at the end of December following the implementation of a state-wide moratorium and have remained well below historical averages.
When a landlord files an eviction claim in New York, we observe the amount they claim the tenant owes in back rent, late fees, and damages. In this figure, we plot the typical (median) amount claimed in eviction filings for each month since January 2020. We exclude cases in which the landlord doesn’t make a monetary claim, and we drop months if there were fewer than 10 eviction cases filed.
New York City is divided into 299 zip codes. In each of those zip codes, 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 zip codes by their racial/ethnic majority: White, Black, Latinx, or Other/None. In January and February 2020, evictions in New York City were concentrated in majority-Latinx zip codes. After the end of the first state moratorium in June 2020, those zip codes continued to see the largest number of new filings.
When you toggle the figure to see data relative to average, comparisons are being drawn—within the same set of zip codes defined by racial/ethnic majority—between filings in 2020-2021 and average filings in 2016–2018.1