How evictions can stay on your record longer than you think

Navigating the process without an attorney can be a challenge, so just imagine making the payments to avoid eviction, only to learn it's still on your record.

News Story (Tennessee)

Zaneta Lowe, Eryn Taylor
WREG-TV (Memphis, TN)
March 9, 2017

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS)


Matt Jones is an attorney in the Consumer Unit at Memphis Area Legal Services.

“It seems to be coming up quite a bit in our office.”

He shared an example with WREG about a recent client facing this very problem.

“She made a deal with the property manager. She caught up on her rent, which she thought she caught up in full. She stayed to the end of her lease. She moved out and she tried to rent another place and they said, ‘No you have an eviction.'”

He said despite paying rent and avoiding physical eviction, the legal process doesn’t go away.