Filings Week Ending 2021 February 06

Residential summary process: Filings Report This report examines cases filed recently before reading, for which outcomes were largely unknown. Search Period Start: 2021-01-31 Search Period End: 2021-02-06 Earliest Case: 2021-02-01 Latest Case: 2021-02-06 Total Cases: 546 Total Transfers: 3 -- High-level take-aways: Percentage of landlords for whom attorney is optional: 20.1% Of those, percentage pro se: 51.8% Most common cause: Non-payment Least stable municipality/neighborhood: Medfield Least stable with 10+ filings: Marlborough Least stable with 100+ filings: (not given) Least stable county: Berkshire Cases per day: 91 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 142 26.0% western 97 17.8% southeast 66 12.1% central 64 11.7% eastern 63 11.5% metro_south 57 10.4% pittsfield district 17 3.1% bmc west roxbury 7 1.3% bmc east boston 4 0.7% barnstable district 3 0.5% chelsea district 3 0.5% haverhill district 3 0.5% somerville district 3 0.5% holyoke district 2 0.4% lawrence district 2 0.4% quincy district 2 0.4% waltham district 2 0.4% brockton district 1 0.2% fallmouth district 1 0.2% hingham district 1 0.2% new bedford district 1 0.2% northern berkshire district 1 0.2% plymouth district 1 0.2% southern berkshire district 1 0.2% woburn district 1 0.2% wrentham district 1 0.2% Party Type (n) Plaintiffs Defendants Corporate Entity 436 1 Natural Person 110 545 Total 546 546 (%) Plaintiffs Defendants Corporate Entity 79.9% 0.2% Natural Person 20.1% 99.8% Total 100.0% 100.0% Plaintiff Representation (n) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 427 9 436 Optional 53 57 110 Total 480 66 546 (%) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 78.2% 1.6% 79.9% Optional 9.7% 10.4% 20.1% Total 87.9% 12.1% 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 0 1 1 Optional 9 536 545 Total 9 537 546 (%) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 0.0% 0.2% 0.2% Optional 1.6% 98.2% 99.8% Total 1.6% 98.4% 100.0% Number of Adults in Households Count Percent 0 26 4.8% 1 407 74.5% 2 97 17.8% 3 12 2.2% 4 4 0.7% Total 546 100.0% 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 441 80.8% Cause 38 7.0% No Fault 38 7.0% Unknown/Other 18 3.3% Foreclosure 11 2.0% Rate per 100,000 Municipality Residents Count Medfield 49 6 Marlborough 46 18 Allston 41 12 North Falmouth 37 1 Pittsfield 37 17 Marshfield 35 9 Sudbury 28 5 Wrentham 27 3 Brighton 25 11 Gardner 24 5 Roslindale 24 7 Boylston 22 1 New Bedford 22 21 Hyannis 21 3 Taunton 21 12 West Yarmouth 18 1 Athol 17 2 Mendon 17 1 Middleborough 17 4 Ashburnham 16 1 Mattapoisett 16 1 Great Barrington 14 1 North Adams 14 2 Raynham 14 2 Braintree 13 5 Revere 13 7 East Boston 12 5 Plymouth 12 7 Franklin 9 3 Hull 9 1 Lakeville 9 1 Worcester 9 17 Dennis 7 1 E. Boston 7 3 Fitchburg 7 3 Ipswich 7 1 Mashpee 7 1 Medford 7 4 Medway 7 1 Wayland 7 1 Bellingham 6 1 Brockton 5 5 Chelsea 5 2 Dorchester 5 5 Fall River 5 5 Holden 5 1 Somerville 5 4 Southbridge 5 1 Webster 5 1 Westborough 5 1 Weymouth 5 3 East Wareham 4 1 Leominster 4 2 Sandwich 4 1 Stoneham 4 1 Bridgewater 3 1 Cambridge 3 4 Milton 3 1 Watertown 3 1 Attleborough 2 1 Dorchester Center 2 2 Framingham 2 2 Holyoke 2 1 Hyde Park 2 1 Jamaica Plain 2 1 Lawrence 2 2 Mattapan 2 1 Quincy 2 2 Salem 2 1 Shrewsbury 2 1 Brookline 1 1 Haverhill 1 1 Roxbury Crossing 1 1 Springfield 1 2 Waltham 1 1 (not given) 0 269 Boston 0 6 span 0 2 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 Berkshire 123 20 Plymouth 69 30 Bristol 49 41 Barnstable 41 8 Worcester 33 37 Suffolk 32 64 Norfolk 30 26 Middlesex 17 41 Essex 4 5 Hampden 4 3 Dukes 0 0 Franklin 0 0 Hampshire 0 0 Nantucket 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. -- When Citing This Work, Please Credit: MassLandlords, Inc. Available online at https://masslandlords.net/policy/eviction-data/.

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