Evictions During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Our NYS Eviction Crisis Monitor, built with ANHD and other members of the Housing Data Coalition, shows the number of active eviction cases across New York State and eviction filings rates by zip code in New York City. For the NYC Crisis Monitor showing rates of representation and marshal evictions since January 2022, visit this page.
Hundreds of thousands of tenants across New York State are on the brink of eviction. Evictions are inhumane, unjust, and violent – and are rooted in long histories of economic, gender, and racial injustice. Evictions are about POWER and for many landlords, especially the Worst Evictors, evictions are an integral part of their business model. With Right to Counsel, evictions plummet, landlords sue people less, and almost EVERYONE who has Right to Counsel stays in their home. But Right to Counsel isn’t yet statewide, and in New York City, it isn’t yet a universal right for all tenants.
With Right to Counsel, evictions have plummeted, landlords are suing people less, and almost EVERYONE who has Right to Counsel stays in their home. But Right to Counsel isn’t yet statewide, and in New York City, it isn’t yet a universal right for all tenants.
The eviction protections that expired on January 15, 2022 didn't go far enough, and since their expiration, active eviction cases have been climbing.
Our Eviction Crisis Monitor shows how many New Yorkers are on the brink of eviction and homelessness. The graph and map update automatically, using the latest data from the New York State Office of Court Administration.
To stop this crisis, we need you to TAKE ACTION TODAY!
Note: Data only includes residential and commercial eviction cases filed in city courts, not town and village courts. Recent court data (last few weeks) is incomplete due to reporting lags; actual numbers are higher.
What does this graph show us?
This graph shows how many tenants landlords are trying to evict across New York State. Due to relentless organizing, the tenant movement stopped ALMOST ALL evictions throughout New York State during the height of the pandemic by winning a series of eviction moratoria that stopped the filing of most new cases and prevented the courts from moving eviction cases forward. As a result, during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of active eviction cases stayed almost completely stagnant, as shown by the plateau in the graph spanning the months of March through June 2020. In July 2020, when Governor Cuomo changed the rules, landlords began suing tenants again, and between July and December 2020, the number of active eviction cases increased. In late December 2020, the tenant movement won new State legislation that paused almost all eviction cases from moving forward, but when those protections expired on March 1st, landlords began suing again and the number of active eviction cases rapidly accelerated. While these numbers are staggering, they do not even capture the full picture: this data does not capture the countless tenants who are harassed out of their homes by their landlords or pushed out in other ways.
While landlords have sued tens of thousands of tenants> during the height of the pandemic, almost none were evicted before 2022 thanks to the work of the tenant movement. This graph shows what's at stake if we don't expand and strengthen tenant protections like Right to Counsel.
Note: Data includes eviction cases filed since March 23, 2020.
*Excludes single-unit residential properties to more accurately approximate the number of rental units per zip code.
What does this map show us?
This map shows how many families landlords are trying to evict in each zip code across New York City. The disparities are dramatic.
The disparities are dramatic. The highest rates of evictions are in the Bronx, which has one of the highest concentrations of rent stabilized housing and is home to Black and brown communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Evictions are always unjust, but this map clearly shows that poor Black and brown tenants shoulder the trauma and violence of evictions the most.
New York billionaires have made more money during the COVID-19 pandemic than ever before. Most of New York City's worst evictors make millions. The data clearly shows that landlords are ready and waiting to evict, but evictions DON'T have to happen. Instead, as a society, we can choose to prioritize people’s homes and our communities over profit. To do that, we are fighting to end winter evictions and for all tenants across New York State to have the right to an attorney!
Learn more about our work and ways to get involved in our campaigns to strengthen Right to Counsel, stop winter evictions, and build tenant power.
: Data visualizations for the Eviction Crisis Monitor were developed by ANHD
, and the Housing Data Coalition
, with eviction filings data from the New York State Office of Court Administration and PLUTO19v2 via NYCDB
. You can find additional documentation of court filings data here