Sealing Eviction Records guide from Upturn

More jurisdictions are considering how to seal eviction records to protect tenants from disastrous consequences in their future housing opportunities. This guide walks through how to set up policies around this.

The nonprofit Upturn (which focuses on tech, equity, and justice) has a guide for legislators and strategists working on Sealing Eviction Records efforts.

Their 40-some page report, “How to Seal Eviction Records: Guidance for Legislative Drafting” from July 2022 is by Tinuola Dada and Natasha Duarte.

Come read the report at

It goes through the reasons that sealing eviction records can be so important, and then lays out key pieces of guidance for legislators to enact these rules.

Some of the highlights include planning to:

  1. Automatically seal eviction records. It shouldn’t be depending on the person having to apply and ask.
  2. They should be sealed as soon as they are filed into the court record. This can stop them from being exposed or recorded in shadow databases.
  3. They should be sealed as long as possible.
  4. There should be barriers and limits to who has access to them.
  5. Public members should still be able to access them under the law, but with protections in place.
  6. Collaborations with courts — especially clerks and technologists — will be essential to make this happen.

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