Oct 14, 2021 - Economy

Evictions stay at historic lows despite end of U.S. ban

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Eviction rates are still at historic lows.

Why it matters: Fears that evictions would skyrocket after the Supreme Court blocked President Biden's COVID moratorium in August have not come to pass — yet.

  • Landlord court filings were up 8.7% last month from August — roughly half of the average, pre-pandemic September rate — Eviction Lab data shows, per WSJ

Yes, but: Patterns varied across the country.

  • Cities without local protections or rental assistance such as Houston, Milwaukee and Phoenix have seen evictions above or nearing historical averages.

The big picture: Goldman Sachs has estimated that 2.5 million–3.5 millionrenters are behind on payments and roughly 750,000 households are in danger of eviction.

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