Filings Month Ending 2022 August 31

Residential summary process: Filings Report This report examines cases filed recently before reading, for which outcomes were largely unknown. Search Period Start: 2022-08-01 Search Period End: 2022-08-31 Earliest Case: 2022-08-01 Latest Case: 2022-08-31 Total Cases: 3218 Total Transfers: 88 -- High-level take-aways: Percentage of landlords for whom attorney is optional: 31.6% Of those, percentage pro se: 55.6% Most common cause: Non-payment Least stable municipality/neighborhood: Woronoco Least stable with 10+ filings: Fall River Least stable with 100+ filings: Fall River Least stable county: Worcester Cases per day: 107 Housing crisis baseline max cases per day (UCL): 130 Housing crisis baseline min cases per day (LCL): 44 The number of filings this period is not statistically different from the pre-pandemic housing crisis baseline. -- Courts (n) Count Percent northeast 563 17.5% central 555 17.2% western 523 16.3% eastern 390 12.1% southeast 382 11.9% metro_south 292 9.1% lynn district 47 1.5% quincy district 44 1.4% malden district 32 1.0% brockton district 30 0.9% somerville district 30 0.9% chelsea district 24 0.7% pittsfield district 23 0.7% waltham district 20 0.6% fall river district 19 0.6% bmc east boston 18 0.6% springfield district 17 0.5% chicopee district 15 0.5% lowell district 15 0.5% cambridge district 14 0.4% salem district 13 0.4% haverhill district 11 0.3% edgartown district 10 0.3% new bedford district 10 0.3% woburn district 9 0.3% attleboro district 8 0.2% barnstable district 8 0.2% bmc west roxbury 7 0.2% peabody district 7 0.2% lawrence district 6 0.2% fallmouth district 5 0.2% westfield district 5 0.2% wrentham district 5 0.2% dedham district 4 0.1% gloucester district 4 0.1% northern berkshire district 4 0.1% orleans district 4 0.1% palmer district 4 0.1% taunton district 4 0.1% ayer district 3 0.1% bmc brighton 3 0.1% bmc dorchester 3 0.1% framingham district 3 0.1% northampton district 3 0.1% uxbridge district 3 0.1% bmc central 2 0.1% milford district 2 0.1% nantucket district 2 0.1% newton district 2 0.1% worcester district 2 0.1% clinton district 1 0.0% concord district 1 0.0% eastern hampshire district 1 0.0% fitchburg district 1 0.0% hingham district 1 0.0% holyoke district 1 0.0% southern berkshire district 1 0.0% stoughton district 1 0.0% wareham district 1 0.0% Party Type (n) Plaintiffs Defendants Corporate Entity 2200 24 Natural Person 1018 3194 Total 3218 3218 (%) Plaintiffs Defendants Corporate Entity 68.4% 0.7% Natural Person 31.6% 99.3% Total 100.0% 100.0% Plaintiff Representation (n) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 2142 58 2200 Optional 452 566 1018 Total 2594 624 3218 (%) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 66.6% 1.8% 68.4% Optional 14.0% 17.6% 31.6% Total 80.6% 19.4% 100.0% Defendant Representation Important: Defendants will not have an attorney known to the plaintiff at time of filing unless this is an ongoing matter. 100% pro se is to be expected in all filing reports except to the extent time passes between filing and staff review. See outcomes report for final assessment. (n) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 17 7 24 Optional 54 3140 3194 Total 71 3147 3218 (%) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 0.5% 0.2% 0.7% Optional 1.7% 97.6% 99.3% Total 2.2% 97.8% 100.0% Number of Adults in Households Count Percent 0 250 7.8% 1 2344 72.8% 2 516 16.0% 3 69 2.1% 4 31 1.0% 5 4 0.1% 6 1 0.0% 8 2 0.1% 10 1 0.0% Total 3218 100.0% Note: Households may appear with zero adults due to clerical delay entering known defendants, identity protection obscuring known defendants (e.g., 42 USC Sections 13701 through 1404 Violence Against Women Act), or no adult defendants (e.g., abandonment of minors). Initiating Action Count Percent Non-payment 1961 60.9% Cause 631 19.6% No Fault 602 18.7% Foreclosure 22 0.7% Unknown/Other 2 0.1% Rate per 100,000 Municipality Residents Count Woronoco 900 1 West Warren 176 2 Gilbertville 173 2 Royalston 158 2 East Falmouth 155 9 Buzzards Bay 145 5 Thorndike 144 1 Fall River 130 116 Whitinsville 129 9 Worcester 128 233 Dennis Port 126 4 Chilmark 115 1 Avon 114 5 Webster 113 19 Athol 112 13 Randolph 108 35 Bondsville 106 2 Berlin 104 3 Fitchburg 99 40 Edgartown 98 4 Taunton 94 53 Winthrop 91 16 New Bedford 90 86 Stoughton 89 24 Framingham 86 59 Norwood 83 24 Westborough 82 15 Brockton 81 76 West Brookfield 81 3 Hyannis 78 11 Marlborough 77 30 Quincy 76 71 Gardner 74 15 Brewster 71 7 Foxborough 71 12 Nantucket 68 7 Rockland 68 12 Chelsea 65 23 Revere 63 33 Spencer 59 7 Warren 58 3 Dorchester 57 53 West Bridgewater 57 4 Braintree 55 20 Lynn 54 49 Mattapan 54 20 Baldwinville 52 1 Bridgewater 52 14 Uxbridge 52 7 Attleboro Falls 50 1 Hinsdale 49 1 Chestnut Hill 47 1 Milford 46 13 Hyde Park 44 15 North Oxford 44 1 Pittsfield 44 20 Carver 43 5 Attleborough 41 18 Southbridge 41 7 Somerville 40 31 East Boston 39 16 East Weymouth 39 21 Leominster 39 16 Lunenburg 39 4 East Dennis 38 1 Mansfield 38 9 North Grafton 38 3 Waltham 37 23 Hanover 36 5 West Springfield 35 10 Mendon 34 2 Whitman 34 5 Blackstone 33 3 Hopedale 33 2 Provincetown 33 1 Northbridge 31 5 Norton 31 6 Roslindale 31 9 Dorchester Center 30 28 Hanson 29 3 Oxford 29 4 Princeton 29 1 East Sandwich 28 1 Essex 28 1 Jefferson 28 1 Malden 28 17 Mashpee 28 4 Watertown 28 9 Chicopee 27 15 Holbrook 27 3 North Attleborough 27 8 Sagamore 27 1 South Dennis 27 1 Cohasset 26 2 Medford 26 15 West Roxbury 26 8 Millis 25 2 Auburn 24 4 Medfield 24 3 Plainville 24 2 Salem 24 10 Sherborn 24 1 Everett 23 10 Medway 23 3 Boylston 22 1 Cambridge 22 24 Danvers 22 6 Forestdale 22 1 Oak Bluffs 22 1 Sharon 22 4 Wareham 22 5 Middleborough 21 5 North Adams 21 3 Roxbury 21 13 East Freetown 20 1 Eastham 20 1 Marion 20 1 Marstons Mills 20 1 North Reading 20 3 Southborough 20 2 Walpole 20 5 Haverhill 19 12 Hull 19 2 Newtonville 19 1 Plymouth 19 11 Rochester 19 1 Winchendon 19 2 Arlington 18 8 Brighton 18 8 East Wareham 18 4 Fairhaven 18 3 Jamaica Plain 18 7 West Yarmouth 18 1 Wrentham 18 2 Dudley 17 2 Rehoboth 17 2 South Boston 17 6 South Yarmouth 17 2 Mattapoisett 16 1 East Taunton 15 1 Harvard 15 1 Ipswich 15 2 Kingston 15 2 Lincoln 15 1 North Easton 15 2 Saugus 15 4 Woburn 15 6 Clinton 14 2 E. Boston 14 6 East Bridgewater 14 2 Great Barrington 14 1 Shrewsbury 14 5 Allston 13 4 Ayer 13 1 Canton 13 3 Halifax 13 1 Peabody 13 7 Upton 13 1 Westminster 13 1 Abington 12 2 Ashland 12 2 Belmont 12 3 Beverly 12 5 Burlington 12 3 Dedham 12 3 East Templeton 12 1 Rutland 12 1 Templeton 12 1 Wakefield 12 3 Adams 11 1 Charlestown 11 2 Douglas 11 1 Lowell 11 12 Marshfield 11 3 Melrose 11 3 Milton 11 3 Monson 11 1 Pembroke 11 2 South Hadley 11 2 Weymouth 11 6 Fayville 10 1 Gloucester 10 3 Marblehead 10 2 Southwick 10 1 Ware 10 1 Acushnet 9 1 Franklin 9 3 Maynard 9 1 Natick 9 3 Sandwich 9 2 South Easton 9 1 South Weymouth 9 5 Stoneham 9 2 Westfield 9 4 Groton 8 1 South Dartmouth 8 3 Boston 7 45 Centerville 7 1 Holliston 7 1 Millbury 7 1 Northborough 7 1 Raynham 7 1 Swampscott 7 1 Wayland 7 1 Bellingham 6 1 Hopkinton 6 1 Lawrence 6 5 Methuen 6 3 Needham Heights 6 2 Swansea 6 1 Westport 6 1 Amherst 5 2 Concord 5 1 Grafton 5 1 Holden 5 1 Hudson 5 1 North Weymouth 5 3 Scituate 5 1 Easton 4 1 Hingham 4 1 Ludlow 4 1 North Dartmouth 4 1 Westford 4 1 Wilmington 4 1 Dracut 3 1 North Andover 3 1 Roxbury Crossing 3 2 Wellesley 3 1 Chelmsford 2 1 Dartmouth 2 1 Holyoke 2 1 Brookline 1 1 Newton Highlands 1 1 Newton Lower Falls 1 1 Springfield 1 3 (not given) 0 1139 span 0 12 Rate per 100,000 residents based on 2010 census. Municipalities do not appear if no evictions filed. Where neighborhoods are commonly recognized as municipalities, data appears under the neighborhood rather than the legal entity (e.g., "Roxbury" is separate from "Boston".) Where municipalities have alternate spellings (e.g., Marlboro for Marlborough), totals appear under the long form. Efforts are made to correct clerical errors in the court database, but clerical errors may appear. Rate per 100,000 County Renter Households Count Worcester 418 466 Plymouth 389 168 Bristol 385 317 Norfolk 316 270 Barnstable 279 54 Nantucket 199 7 Berkshire 161 26 Suffolk 159 314 Dukes 146 6 Middlesex 121 283 Essex 100 111 Hampden 56 40 Hampshire 27 5 Franklin 0 0 Rate per 100,000 renter households based on 2019 ACS. Counties appear even if no evictions filed. -- Data Sources (report errors to hello@masslandlords.net): County Data Households Percent Renters Barnstable 96,509 20.0% Berkshire 53,792 30.0% Bristol 220,528 37.3% Dukes 18,146 22.6% Essex 297,898 36.9% Franklin 30,927 34.1% Hampden 179,970 39.5% Hampshire 60,002 30.7% Middlesex 612,366 38.1% Nantucket 11,399 30.8% Norfolk 269,717 31.6% Plymouth 191,041 22.6% Suffolk 309,945 63.7% Worcester 316,162 35.2% County Households: 2019 ACS TableID S1101 County Households and Renters, Dukes and Nantucket: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/dukescountymassachusetts County Households and Renters, Large Counties: https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=S11&g=0400000US25.050000&d=ACS%201-Year%20Estimates%20Subject%20Tables&tid=ACSST1Y2019.S1101&hidePreview=true Dukes County Renters: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/dukescountymassachusetts Nantucket County Renters: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/nantucketcountymassachusetts -- Methodology Publicly available records at MassCourts.org are read fully manually at two intervals: 1.) For a filings report, once within approximately one week of filing; 2.) For an outcomes report, once again approximately 12 to 18 months after filing. Cases are searched by 'case type' = 'summary process', party type = 'plaintiff' within date ranges, typically weekly. MassCourts.org displays matches, not cases. X plaintiffs on a single case result in X separate matches. Cases are manually de-duplicated. Where the number of matches exceeds the number displayed (e.g., 'Displaying 100 of 257 total matches.'), date ranges are reduced until all cases may be viewed. If the date range cannot be reduced (i.e., is one day) but matches still exceed the display limit of 100, then two additional passes are taken. First, municipalities are filtered in stages. Second, to capture cases with no municipality entered, the search switches from 'case type' to 'case number', guessing the missing numbers assuming serialized entry. This method results in 'matches' reconciled to case counts. This effort costs more than 1 FTE. Summary spreadsheets are produced by copying exactly what is read. The spreadsheets are processed using proprietary software. Repeated analyses of local spreadsheets does not burden the MassCourts servers. The software is developed using best practices for revision control and regression testing. Limitations: Data are snapshots. As such, we cannot track individual cases over time or produce real-time reports. MassLandlords does not have access to court databases beyond what is published in human readable form at MassCourts.org. As of this report, MassLandlords staff were not considering information available to attorneys (e.g., the contents of notices, discovery, evidence, etc.) but not available to the general public. All data presented here are readily verifiable at MassCourts.org without special permission. Information is not independently verified outside of the court record. For instance, clerical errors in address, omissions of a defendant, etc. are not readily verifiable. As this process matures, reporting algorithms may change. Transfers are counted as new cases. Clerical differences between original case and transfer (e.g., middle initial included then dropped; defendant dropped on transfer; street address spelling changed) as well as the potential for indefinite circular transferring (e.g., foreclosure cases moving between housing, land, and/or superior courts) make it very difficult to programmatically identify continuing matters. Methodology changes: 2022-03: Where docket history shows judgment and/or execution, but case has not been disposed, infer judgment and/or execution. 2022-05: Correct counting error in 'By prevailing party' section where agreement for judgment renders prevailing party unknown. Rows now sum to total. -- When Citing This Work, Please Credit: MassLandlords, Inc. Available online at https://masslandlords.net/policy/eviction-data/.

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