Area has a higher rate of evictions than the national average

The Fredericksburg area has higher eviction rates than the national average, a new database compiled by Princeton University shows.

News Story (Virginia)

Adele Uphaus-Conner
Free Lance–Star (Fredericksburg, Virginia)
June 2, 2018

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Blue Ridge Legal Services (BRLS) (Virginia), Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC), Legal Aid Works (VA)


According to the database Eviction Lab—which went live online last month and is the largest accumulation of U.S. court records related to eviction ever compiled—the national eviction rate is 2.34 percent, meaning there will be on average 2.3 evictions per 100 rental homes.

But regionally, the lowest eviction rate is 3.8 percent in Fredericksburg. The highest is 5.6 percent in Spotsylvania County, with Stafford, Caroline and King George counties falling in between.

And some portions of Spotsylvania have eviction rates closer to 20 percent.

“I would say Spotsylvania is a hot spot,” said Ann Kloeckner, executive director of Legal Aid Works, which provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals.