Jan 8, 2021 - Economy & Business

Renters face "looming evictions cliff" as end of moratorium nears

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Data: Urban Institute; Chart: Axios Visuals

Although the national eviction moratorium was extended through January — thanks to the passage of the latest big stimulus — renters aren't breathing easy, according to the Urban Institute’s Coronavirus Tracking Survey.

Why it matters: Once the latest reprieve is over, renters will likely be in the same predicament as they were in September when the moratorium took effect — and the nation will face what the Urban Institute calls a "looming evictions cliff."

  • Nearly 14% of survey respondents had problems paying rent in the previous 30 days, with more people of color suffering than whites.
  • About 10% of renters said they were one or more months behind on their rent, and 28% were worried about being able to pay next month's rent.
  • 5% said they'd gotten an eviction notice or threat.
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