Evictions can be formal or informal. Formal evictions involve a legal process in which landlords attempt to regain possession of a premises from a tenant. Informal evictions happen outside of the court system which can include when a landlord increases rent resulting in tenant displacement. Data in the report refer to formal evictions and are likely an undercount of all evictions in Mecklenburg County.
In July 2016, there were 1,940 eviction cases filed in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and that are included in this study. Most attempts to evict a tenant were due to failure to pay rent.
Of the 1,940 eviction cases filed, 37% were voluntarily dismissed or ordered to be dismissed before or on the day of trial and 61% received a judgment to evict the tenant. The landlord lost in only 2% of cases that received a judgment. The analysis of eviction cases from July 2016 found:
This post is co-authored by Courtney Morton and Ashley Williams Clark.
Courtney Morton coordinates posts on the Building Bridges Blog. Courtney is the Housing & Homelessness Research Coordinator for Mecklenburg County Community Support Services. Courtney’s job is to connect data on housing instability, homelessness and affordable housing with stakeholders in the community so that they can use it to drive policy-making, funding allocation and programmatic change.
Ashley Williams Clark is the Director of Outreach & Strategic Partnerships at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. The Director of Outreach & Strategic Partnerships is a new position created to help the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute strengthen its visibility and impact throughout the Charlotte region through the building of collaborative partnerships to address important regional issues. Ashley is also the author of the report, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Evictions Part 1: Evictions in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.