What Happened to the Eviction Tsunami?

Source: FiveThirtyEight
by Yuliya Panfil & David Spievack

“Since the pandemic began, housing experts (including one of the authors of this article) have been predicting that the pandemic’s economic fallout would produce an eviction ‘tsunami’ that could put as many as 40 million people out of their homes. The experts are still waiting. … When the national moratorium lifted, housing experts, renter advocates and policymakers braced for a surge of evictions. Now, four months later, evictions have increased, but data suggests that a tsunami has yet to materialize. Some still think one is coming, as courts begin working through a backlog of eviction filings, but according to Eviction Lab, the country’s most comprehensive tracker of eviction data, evictions in most places are nearly 40 percent below the historical average.” (01/11/22)