Filings Week Ending 2021 May 08

Residential summary process: Filings Report This report examines cases filed recently before reading, for which outcomes were largely unknown. Search Period Start: 2021-05-02 Search Period End: 2021-05-08 Earliest Case: 2021-05-03 Latest Case: 2021-05-08 Total Cases: 344 Total Transfers: 12 -- High-level take-aways: Percentage of landlords for whom attorney is optional: 34.0% Of those, percentage pro se: 45.3% Most common cause: Non-payment Least stable municipality/neighborhood: West Townsend Least stable with 10+ filings: Haverhill Least stable with 100+ filings: n/a Least stable county: Plymouth Cases per day: 57 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 southeast 68 19.8% northeast 67 19.5% eastern 49 14.2% western 47 13.7% central 46 13.4% metro_south 30 8.7% lynn district 8 2.3% malden district 4 1.2% somerville district 3 0.9% cambridge district 2 0.6% milford district 2 0.6% quincy district 2 0.6% ayer district 1 0.3% bmc brighton 1 0.3% bmc east boston 1 0.3% brookline district 1 0.3% chicopee district 1 0.3% concord district 1 0.3% dedham district 1 0.3% fallmouth district 1 0.3% framingham district 1 0.3% haverhill district 1 0.3% lowell district 1 0.3% pittsfield district 1 0.3% plymouth district 1 0.3% southern berkshire district 1 0.3% springfield district 1 0.3% wareham district 1 0.3% Party Type (n) Plaintiffs Defendants Corporate Entity 227 1 Natural Person 117 343 Total 344 344 (%) Plaintiffs Defendants Corporate Entity 66.0% 0.3% Natural Person 34.0% 99.7% Total 100.0% 100.0% Plaintiff Representation (n) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 216 11 227 Optional 64 53 117 Total 280 64 344 (%) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 62.8% 3.2% 66.0% Optional 18.6% 15.4% 34.0% Total 81.4% 18.6% 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 9 334 343 Total 9 335 344 (%) 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 20 5.8% 1 256 74.4% 2 53 15.4% 3 11 3.2% 4 1 0.3% 5 3 0.9% Total 344 100.0% 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 204 59.3% No Fault 64 18.6% Cause 57 16.6% Unknown/Other 16 4.7% Foreclosure 3 0.9% Rate per 100,000 Municipality Residents Count West Townsend 47 1 Rockland 40 7 West Yarmouth 37 2 Sheffield 30 1 Carver 26 3 Athol 25 3 Haverhill 24 15 Fall River 22 20 Middleborough 21 5 Marion 20 1 East Falmouth 17 1 Pepperell 17 2 Berkley 15 1 Chelsea 14 5 Gardner 14 3 Mashpee 14 2 Stoughton 14 4 Ayer 13 1 Amesbury 12 2 Lancaster 12 1 Salisbury 12 1 Swansea 12 2 Framingham 11 8 Worcester 11 20 Lowell 10 11 Franklin 9 3 New Bedford 9 9 Revere 9 5 Wrentham 9 1 Norfolk 8 1 Centerville 7 1 Charlton 7 1 East Bridgewater 7 1 Hanover 7 1 Hyannis 7 1 Lynn 7 7 Milford 7 2 North Easton 7 1 Quincy 7 7 Uxbridge 7 1 Ashland 6 1 Auburn 6 1 Brockton 6 6 Roxbury 6 4 Westport 6 1 Braintree 5 2 Brookline 5 3 Dorchester Center 5 5 Foxborough 5 1 Malden 5 3 Marlborough 5 2 Medford 5 3 Roxbury Crossing 5 3 Shrewsbury 5 2 South Boston 5 2 Southbridge 5 1 Taunton 5 3 Acton 4 1 Attleborough 4 2 Belmont 4 1 Billerica 4 2 Brighton 4 2 Cambridge 4 5 Canton 4 1 East Wareham 4 1 Fitchburg 4 2 Mansfield 4 1 Methuen 4 2 North Dartmouth 4 1 Walpole 4 1 Allston 3 1 Dracut 3 1 Lawrence 3 3 Marshfield 3 1 Milton 3 1 Norwood 3 1 Plymouth 3 2 Randolph 3 1 Somerville 3 3 Dorchester 2 2 East Boston 2 1 Everett 2 1 Leominster 2 1 Pittsfield 2 1 Salem 2 1 Boston 1 10 Chicopee 1 1 East Weymouth 1 1 North Weymouth 1 1 Peabody 1 1 (not given) 0 78 Springfield 0 1 span 0 1 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 Plymouth 64 28 Bristol 49 41 Barnstable 36 7 Norfolk 34 29 Worcester 34 38 Essex 29 32 Suffolk 20 40 Middlesex 19 46 Berkshire 12 2 Hampden 2 2 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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