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Fact Sheet

Limiting Public Access to Eviction Records

May 19, 2021


The consequences of eviction do not end with a tenant’s removal from their home. Many tenants fail to recognize that a trip to housing court creates a long-term public record. Much like a criminal record, an eviction record can persist for years, following the tenant as they search for new homes and opportunities, and precipitating “a spiral of financial instability” that contributes to a lifetime of poor health and economic outcomes. As a result, evictions have been labelled the “top driver of homelessness,” and a “root cause” of poverty.