Eviction Lab Research
The Eviction Lab aims to analyze the prevalence, causes, and consequences of eviction in America. This page highlights key findings from our research and provides links to more detailed summaries, reports, and academic articles.
The Prevalence, Concentration, and Geography of Eviction
One of our key goals is to offer an accurate picture of how common eviction is across the United States. We developed the first nationwide estimates of the prevalence of eviction, allowing us to describe how these cases are unevenly distributed both between and within states.
People at Risk of Eviction
Certain renters are at greater risk of eviction than others. Our research has explored these disparities, particularly as they pertain to race, ethnicity, gender, and household composition.
Consequences of Eviction
Eviction cases—even those that don’t result in displacement—can affect households in a wide variety of ways. They also have repercussions for communities, undermining stability and collective efficacy. Our research has explored a number of these consequences.
Tools to Address the Eviction Crisis
What can be done to reduce eviction rates? Our research highlights a number of policies and tools that can help. These include interventions that directly affect the eviction process, but also steps that can be taken to address underlying causes and increase the supply of safe, affordable housing.
Eviction and Eviction Protections during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Massive spikes in unemployment at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to cause a surge in eviction filings. Instead, thanks to robust federal, state, and local interventions, the number of eviction cases being filed fell to historic lows. We have documented these trends, described the protections that were enacted, and evaluated policies.
Landlords and Rental Markets
Our research has also explored landlord behavior, property management, and the operation of rental markets. This work sheds light on the scale of landlord property holdings, the profitability of rental housing, and the ways that landlords engage with the eviction process.
Eviction, Housing, and Zoning Data
The process of building and conducting research with the national eviction database has provided insights into the potential and the challenges of working with administrative data from the courts, as well as publicly available parcel, zoning, and land use resources.