States across the country temporarily barred landlords from evicting tenants this year as the coronavirus reached the United States, forcing businesses to shutter and unemployment to spike. Wisconsin was one of the first states to lift its eviction moratorium on May 26.
The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism
Massachusetts had some of the strongest tenant protections during the federal eviction moratorium. But an investigation found those protections weren't enough to stop dozens of illegal evictions.
A program in Tulsa, Oklahoma, designed to stem evictions amid the pandemic fell flat when lawyers advised landlords the deal offering to pay back rent was too risky.
If an emergency order effectively halted eviction proceedings in the state, why are some tenants still on the brink of losing their homes?
The Massachusetts eviction moratorium is creating a deeper affordable housing crisis in the state, forcing landlords once willing to take on financially riskier tenants, like those with poor credit, to balk at the prospect.
Landlords and property managers in four of 10 counties examined by the Howard Center filed at least 101 evictions that violated the federal moratorium, a review of court and other public records found.