Renters Impacted

how many Renters are Impacted BY EVICTION?

Use this tool to see how many renters are impacted by eviction over time.

Court data do not capture the fear, disruption, and dehumanization that eviction inflicts on the people who experience it – most of whom are Black women and children.

There were 34,310 residential eviction cases filed by Detroit landlords since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic.

This threatened roughly 82,344 Detroit residents with displacement.


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Select Metric: Use the drop-down menu to view eviction filings, judgments, or orders of eviction (see UNDERSTANDING THE DATA).

Select Measure: Use the drop-down menu to view data by count or the estimated number of renters impacted (equal to the count multiplied by the average renter-household size).

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Each stage of the eviction process has harmful, lasting consequences for tenants' health, well-being, and future housing stability.

Eviction Filing: When a landlord (plaintiff) files 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.

Judgment: The court’s decision in an eviction case. A judgment of possession entered for a landlord (against a tenant) means a landlord can recover possession of a property and file an order of eviction if a tenant does not pay the amount due (in nonpayment cases) or move out by a set date. Judgments almost always favor landlords, dispossess tenants, and show up on tenants' housing records for years.

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.