Eviction cases, dubbed “Scarlet E” by tenant advocates, have long-lasting effects on a tenant’s ability to secure housing. Cases can linger on a tenant’s renter history for years and are nearly impossible to scrub away. Some states have passed laws to make it easier for tenants to seal their eviction cases, but housing advocates fear new laws and other efforts won’t be enough to make progress against a surge of eviction cases predicted to follow the moratorium’s expiration. Even if cases are dropped once relief arrives, records will remain and could prevent tenants from securing housing in the future. “Using eviction records exacerbates inequality and the challenges that people face,” said Kathryn A. Sabbeth, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law.
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