Evictions and tenant-landlord relationships during the 2020-2021 eviction moratorium in the US.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study provisionally examined the effects of the US eviction moratorium instituted in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Three waves of data collected May 2020-April 2021 from a nationally representative sample of middle- and low-income US tenants (n = 3393 in Wave 1, n = 1311 in Wave 2, and 814 in Wave 3) were analyzed. Across three waves, 4.3% of tenants reported experiencing an eviction during the moratorium and 6%-23% of tenants reported delaying paying rent because of the moratorium. Multivariable analyses found that tenants who delayed paying their rent, were female, or had a history of mental illness or substance use disorder were more likely to report the eviction moratorium had a negative effect on their landlord relationship. COVID-19 infection was not predictive of eviction but tenants with a history of homelessness were more than nine times as likely to report an eviction than those without such a history. Together, these findings suggest the eviction moratorium may have had some unintended consequences on rent payments and tenant-landlord relationships that need to be considered with the end of the federal eviction moratorium.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tsai, J; Huang, M; Blosnich, JR; Elbogen, EB

Published Date

  • September 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 70 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 117 - 126

PubMed ID

  • 35030643

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2770

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/ajcp.12581


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England