Evictions in the Commonwealth during the COVID 19 Pandemic

Evictions in the Commonwealth during the COVID 19 Pandemic

Summary of Findings

RVA Eviction Lab Staff

September 8, 2020

Across the Commonwealth

  • 169,000 to 262,000 households are at risk of eviction, which would include 88,000 to 134,000 households with children, affecting a total population of 301,000 to 741,000 Virginians. The estimated rent shortfall is $169 to $370 million. On average, tenants owe more than $2,000 in back rent.

Regional Perspectives

Central Virginia

  • In Richmond, Henrico County, Petersburg, and Hopewell, the respective average principal amounts of owed rent between January and August were $1,363, $1,795, $1,488, and $1,412. In Chesterfield County, the average principal amount was $2,316.
  • 7 ZIP codes have higher eviction rates, COVID cases, and UI claims than 70% of other ZIP codes in the region. Almost all of these ZIP codes are majority or plurality Black.
  • In Richmond, 50% of the unlawful detainers filed from 2015 to 2018 were in 22% of the city’s rental housing stock. In Hopewell, 32% of unlawful detainers from 2015 to 2019 were in 18% of the city’s rental housing stock. In Petersburg, 38% of the city’s judgments from 2015 to 2019 were concentrated in 23 percent share of the rental housing stock.

Hampton Roads

  • In Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach, the respective average principal amounts owed in eviction filings from January to August of 2020 were $1,747, $1,604, $1,939, and $2,069. The average amount owed was highest in Newport News at $,2154.
  • 7 ZIP codes have higher than average eviction rates, and COVID cases and UI claims that are higher than 75% of other ZIP codes in the region. Five of these ZIP codes have a majority or plurality of Black residents.

Northern Virginia

  • The average principal amounts owed in eviction filings from January to August 2020 ranged from a low of $1,642 in Stafford County to a high of $3,280 in Loudoun County.
  • 11 ZIP codes have eviction rates, and COVID cases, and UI claims that are higher than 75% of other ZIP codes in the region. These factors are disproportionately impacting areas where Black and Hispanic families live and seem to be especially tied to areas of concentrated Hispanic residence.

For the full report: Eviction in the Commonwealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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