Struggling renters face avalanche of evictions without federal aid

Landlords filed hundreds of thousands of eviction notices during the pandemic. The federal eviction ban expires Dec. 31.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Jonathan O’Connell, Anu Narayanswamy
Washington Post
December 25, 2020

Tags: CDC Eviction Moratorium, COVID-19, Housing, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Eviction Lab


A local moratorium in Milwaukee provided renters with a respite through May, but at the beginning of summer, eviction filings quickly increased. From March 15 to Dec. 13, Milwaukee landlords filed 5,759 notices against tenants, almost eight times the number filed in Austin despite Milwaukee having 60 percent of Austin’s population. Milwaukee did not have a local moratorium in place between May 27 and Sept. 4, when the CDC moratorium took effect, while Austin has been restricting many landlords from even giving initial notice to tenants.