Deterring Serial Eviction Filing
May 5, 2021
Between 2000 and 2016, more than 61 million eviction complaints were filed in the United States. However, not all eviction filings result in an executed eviction, when a tenant is removed from their home. Data suggest that there was roughly one eviction filing for every 17 renter households during this time, but far fewer—only one in 40 renter households—were actually removed. One reason for the disproportionate number of filings is the practice of serial eviction filing. These repeated filings remain on a tenant’s public record and can have long-lasting limitations on their ability to qualify for future housing. This fact sheet examines potential policy solutions to address this practice.