who is profiting From displacement?
Use this tool to identify the attorneys responsible for the most evictions in Detroit.
A small number of landlord attorneys dominate courtrooms, have rapport with judges, and specialize in dispossessing mostly Black tenants.
HOW TO USE THIS TOOL
Select the data you want to view on the bar graph and underlying statistic.
Select Property Type: Use the drop-down menu to view data for residential properties, non-residential properties, or all properties.
Select Filing Date Range: Use the timeline slider to view data for a specific time period (TIP: click and select or type in beginning and end dates). The default timespan is the pandemic period.
Select Filing Metric: Use the drop-down menu to view data for eviction cases (filings) or applications for orders of eviction.
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UNDERSTANDING THE DATA
These 20 attorneys represent most of the landlords evicting tenants in Detroit.
Eviction Filing: The act of a landlord (plaintiff) filing a complaint to bring an eviction lawsuit against a tenant (defendant). An eviction filing can have long-term consequences for tenants' housing stability, regardless of what happens in the case.
Order of Eviction (Bailiff Eviction): A court document filed by a landlord and signed by a judge after the court has entered a judgment of possession for a landlord. The order gives a court officer or bailiff the authority to physically remove the tenant and remove their belongings from the rental property. Bailiff evictions are often traumatic events where tenants’ belongings (e.g., furniture, clothes, medicine, toys) are thrown into a dumpster and they are forcibly unhoused.