Comparative Law and Policy Analysis for Addressing Evictions in Richmond, Virginia

Comparative Law and Policy Analysis for Addressing Evictions in Richmond, Virginia

Woody Rogers and Leah Demarest

October 2019

RVA Eviction Lab

SUMMARY

The City of Richmond has the second-highest eviction rate of all large U.S. cities (Eviction Lab, 2016). Since the publication of a New York Times article in 2018, the community has been compelled to face the eviction crisis head-on (Badger & Bui, 2018). Understanding laws and policies that other states and localities have enacted to reduce eviction serves to inform community leaders in Virginia of potential remedies to this crisis. This report outlines several laws and policies applied across the country that address eviction at various stages in the process. Demonstrating the multiple entry points for intervention, these policies are divided into three groups:

  • Decreasing evictions by providing additional protections for tenants before and during eviction processes;
  • Lessening the severity of evictions by mitigating the impact of evictions on health, future housing, and job or educational stability; and
  • Curbing eviction through housing policy by expanding access to safe and affordable rental housing.

While far from an exhaustive catalog of laws and policies, this overview offers insight to policymakers in the Richmond region of possible interventions to address the current eviction crisis.

For more detailed information about the laws and policies presented in this research brief, as well as specific jurisdiction examples, please see the Appendix: Eviction Laws and Policies and supplemental Eviction Laws and Policies Table.