Filings Week Ending 2021 April 03

Residential summary process: Filings Report This report examines cases filed recently before reading, for which outcomes were largely unknown. Search Period Start: 2021-03-28 Search Period End: 2021-04-03 Earliest Case: 2021-03-29 Latest Case: 2021-04-02 Total Cases: 311 Total Transfers: 10 -- High-level take-aways: Percentage of landlords for whom attorney is optional: 26.7% Of those, percentage pro se: 39.8% Most common cause: Non-payment Least stable municipality/neighborhood: Gilbertville Least stable with 10+ filings: Randolph Least stable with 100+ filings: (not given) Least stable county: Bristol Cases per day: 51 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 central 54 17.4% eastern 54 17.4% southeast 50 16.1% northeast 42 13.5% metro_south 34 10.9% western 29 9.3% quincy district 10 3.2% chelsea district 4 1.3% fall river district 4 1.3% cambridge district 3 1.0% lawrence district 3 1.0% waltham district 3 1.0% bmc east boston 2 0.6% haverhill district 2 0.6% holyoke district 2 0.6% newton district 2 0.6% palmer district 2 0.6% somerville district 2 0.6% attleboro district 1 0.3% barnstable district 1 0.3% bmc west roxbury 1 0.3% new bedford district 1 0.3% northern berkshire district 1 0.3% southern berkshire district 1 0.3% stoughton district 1 0.3% woburn district 1 0.3% wrentham district 1 0.3% Party Type (n) Plaintiffs Defendants Corporate Entity 228 1 Natural Person 83 310 Total 311 311 (%) Plaintiffs Defendants Corporate Entity 73.3% 0.3% Natural Person 26.7% 99.7% Total 100.0% 100.0% Plaintiff Representation (n) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 217 11 228 Optional 50 33 83 Total 267 44 311 (%) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 69.8% 3.5% 73.3% Optional 16.1% 10.6% 26.7% Total 85.9% 14.1% 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 8 302 310 Total 8 303 311 (%) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 0.0% 0.3% 0.3% Optional 2.6% 97.1% 99.7% Total 2.6% 97.4% 100.0% Number of Adults in Households Count Percent 0 21 6.8% 1 232 74.6% 2 51 16.4% 3 4 1.3% 4 3 1.0% Total 311 100.0% 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 243 78.1% Cause 25 8.0% No Fault 24 7.7% Unknown/Other 15 4.8% Foreclosure 4 1.3% Rate per 100,000 Municipality Residents Count Gilbertville 86 1 Harwich Port 57 1 Stockbridge 51 1 Oak Bluffs 44 2 Randolph 40 13 Lanesborough 32 1 Newton Center 25 1 Foxborough 23 4 Hyannis 21 3 East Freetown 20 1 Fall River 20 18 Holbrook 18 2 West Yarmouth 18 1 Dudley 17 2 Framingham 16 11 Somerset 16 3 East Taunton 15 1 Hanover 14 2 Fitchburg 12 5 Lancaster 12 1 Williamstown 12 1 Worcester 12 23 Marshfield 11 3 Webster 11 2 Auburndale 10 1 Brockton 10 10 New Bedford 10 10 Andover 9 3 Lunenburg 9 1 Wrentham 9 1 Feeding Hills 8 1 Palmer 8 1 Spencer 8 1 Centerville 7 1 Charlton 7 1 North Easton 7 1 Northborough 7 1 Oxford 7 1 Seekonk 7 1 Hopkinton 6 1 Quincy 6 6 Watertown 6 2 Chelsea 5 2 Holyoke 5 2 Revere 5 3 Scituate 5 1 Westborough 5 1 Arlington 4 2 Canton 4 1 E. Boston 4 2 East Wareham 4 1 Ludlow 4 1 Middleborough 4 1 North Dartmouth 4 1 Bridgewater 3 1 East Walpole 3 1 Haverhill 3 2 Somerville 3 3 Stoughton 3 1 Taunton 3 2 Wellesley 3 1 Wellesley Hills 3 1 Attleborough 2 1 Braintree 2 1 Dartmouth 2 1 Hyde Park 2 1 Leominster 2 1 Shrewsbury 2 1 Woburn 2 1 Cambridge 1 2 Chicopee 1 1 Dorchester 1 1 East Weymouth 1 1 Lynn 1 1 Medford 1 1 Plymouth 1 1 Waltham 1 1 Weymouth 1 1 (not given) 0 117 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 Bristol 48 40 Dukes 48 2 Plymouth 46 20 Norfolk 39 34 Worcester 37 42 Barnstable 31 6 Berkshire 18 3 Middlesex 11 26 Hampden 8 6 Essex 5 6 Suffolk 4 9 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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