New Blog Post Explores the Challenges of Gathering Eviction Data

A blog post by researchers from the Urban Institute looks at how gaps in data are holding back researchers from developing a national picture of evictions. Despite the Eviction Lab’s success in spearheading the effort to bring more data and insight into the causes and consequences of evictions, its database lacks information for several states, including some with the largest renter populations. California, for example, seals records of eviction filings to protect renters and prevent landlords from using eviction records against potential renters. Other states have incomplete data or do not release their records publicly. The researchers hope to work with states to access these records and boost evidence around evictions while ensuring that sealed records remain secure. This blog post follows an earlier post that highlights the negative effects of evictions and proactive strategies for addressing the issue.

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