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Serial Eviction Filings: How Landlords Use the Courts to Collect Rent

We often associate “eviction” with displacement and removal, boxes and furniture thrown to the curb. When a landlord files to evict a tenant—whether for nonpayment of rent or for property damage—we assume they do so to move them out. While some landlords do file intending to remove tenants, others use eviction filings as a way to collect rent and additional fees.

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Preliminary Analysis: Eviction Claim Amounts During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In three of the counties we track, we are able to collect an important data point: the amount of money, if any, that the landlord or property manager claims is owed by the tenant. Here, we look at the amounts claimed at the initiation of the eviction process.

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COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard Methodology

To prevent the deleterious health consequences of eviction and an escalating economic crisis during the COVID-19 outbreak, U.S. states are beginning to pursue strategies to ensure safe, decent, and stable housing during and after the pandemic. To evaluate state responses, the Eviction Lab and Columbia Law School’s Professor Emily Benfer have developed a policy scorecard for each state.

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National Estimates: Eviction in America

Since the Eviction Lab’s inception, we’ve been in constant pursuit of a seemingly simple question: how many evictions take place in the United States each year? After countless hours of data collection and research, we are finally able to produce some of the first estimates of the national prevalence of eviction.

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Our Methodology Report

In recent years, renters’ housing costs have far outpaced their incomes, driving a nationwide affordability crisis. Current data from the American Housing Survey show that most poor renting families spend at least 50 percent of their income on housing costs. Under these conditions, 1 millions of Americans today are at risk of losing their homes through eviction.

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