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Data on Evictions & Housing

What data do we have about how many evictions (or warning notices) are filed, what happens to them in court, and what happens to the people involved?

In this page, find datasets, explainers, and plans for data work.

On this page, find a collection of Eviction and Housing Databases with up-to-date data surrounding eviction updates. Some also include COVID-19 specific information.

Table Of Contents

Eviction Data Recommendations

Our team at the Stanford Legal Design Lab has worked with a group of stakeholders to draft 8 Recommendations for Creating Local and National Eviction Data Systems. This has been co-developed and co-signed by Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, the Eviction Lab, Georgetown’s Civil Justice Data Commons, January Advisors, National League of Cities, National Low Income Housing Coalition, New America, Stanford Law School Legal Design Lab, UNC Greensboro Center for Housing and Community Studies.

These recommendations are part of a longer report titled “Why is Eviction Data so Bad?”

What data should we have about evictions?

From our work with jurisdictions across the country, we have identified some key data-points to know about how the eviction system works, who is affected, and what outcomes result.

Court data on eviction lawsuits 

Government and civil sector leaders should know key what the numbers are, regarding official, legal eviction actions. How many evictions are going through a legal process? What are the court outcomes? Who is in the system?

  • Court Eviction Filing numbers and percentage/rate, and how it changes over the years .
  • Estimated informal eviction numbers, that are not going through the courts but are resulting in forced displacement from a home
  • Landlord win percentage in court cases.
  • Default percentage: How many cases are resolved without the tenant appearing in court? Where the plaintiff landlord ‘wins’ by default?
  • Percentage of filing for non-payment, lease violations, other reasons 
  • Percentage of landlord types who have filed 
  • Amount of unpaid rent that eviction is filed over, how many months in arrears 

Use of Legal Services in Evictions

  • How many tenants appear in court without a lawyer?
  • How many tenants are reaching out to legal aid groups or self-help centers to get brief advice, or full legal representation?
  • What are the different court outcomes and housing outcomes for tenants who have gotten legal services?

Demographics & Locations of evictions

  • Demographic groups who face eviction most – race, gender, children 
  • Geographic areas which have the highest eviction rates 

Landlord details

  • Landlords who have filed most, serial evictors and their characteristics 
  • Overall landlord types and locations (not just those filing evictions) 
  • Landlords with habitability or living conditions concerns 

Outcomes for people involved

  • How many of the eviction judgments result in set-outs or forceful removals involving law enforcement?
  • What is the housing stability or rate of homelessness of people who have been through an eviction lawsuit?
  • Do the children involved in the eviction change schools? What are their educational outcomes after the eviction?
  • Do the landlords file for eviction again, with this tenant or others?

The Eviction Data Gap

The group New America, in partnership with the National League of Cities and others, have documented the Data Gap that exists around the eviction system in this February 2021 article by Yuliya Panfil and Lauren Lowery:

Data sources on evictions and housing

Eviction Lab data on US court eviction filings

Princeton Eviction Lab’s Court Filing data repository has raw data, map visualizations, and ranking tables to explore.

Eviction Lab data on COVID-19 eviction policies, services, and measures

Princeton Eviction Lab also has data on COVID-19 related eviction policies around the US, scorecards of these various policies, tacking of filings, and other data points related to housing and the pandemic. In particular, look at filings during the emergency with the COVID-19 eviction filing tracker.

Who owns what? database in NYC

This coordinated and visualized dataset from NYC lets anyone see who owns what building, how many violations are open in that building, how many evictions they have filed, what a building’s owner also owns across the city — to better be able to understand the dynamics of the eviction & the profiles of common landords.

Virginia & Richmond city eviction data and mapping

The RVA Eviction Lab has a website rich with reports, datasets, and maps of eviction statistics from Richmond and across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Michigan Eviction data

The University of Michigan team at the Poverty Solutions Group has a 2020 report, map, and dataset on eviction filings across the state of Michigan.

More data sources & dashboards

Harris County, Texas Evictions Dashboard from January Advisors

COVID-19 Eviction Risk Data from Aspen Institute Financial Security Program and the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project

Eviction Risk and Rent Shortfalls dashboard from Stout consulting group

Allegheny County Eviction analytics for the Pittsburgh,PA area