Filings Week Ending 2023 June 03

Residential summary process: Filings Report This report examines cases filed recently before reading, for which outcomes were largely unknown. Search Period Start: 2023-05-28 Search Period End: 2023-06-03 Earliest Case: 2023-05-29 Latest Case: 2023-06-02 Total Cases: 563 Total Transfers: 5 -- High-level take-aways: Percentage of landlords for whom attorney is optional: 19.7% Of those, percentage pro se: 56.8% Most common cause: Non-payment Least stable municipality/neighborhood: Florence Least stable with 10+ filings: Mattapan Least stable with 100+ filings: (not given) Least stable county: Bristol Cases per day: 93 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 western 100 17.8% eastern 99 17.6% northeast 93 16.5% central 87 15.5% southeast 68 12.1% metro_south 62 11.0% brockton district 7 1.2% malden district 4 0.7% cambridge district 3 0.5% northern berkshire district 3 0.5% pittsfield district 3 0.5% woburn district 3 0.5% attleboro district 2 0.4% barnstable district 2 0.4% bmc dorchester 2 0.4% brookline district 2 0.4% framingham district 2 0.4% lynn district 2 0.4% nantucket district 2 0.4% new bedford district 2 0.4% peabody district 2 0.4% quincy district 2 0.4% ayer district 1 0.2% bmc roxbury 1 0.2% chelsea district 1 0.2% dedham district 1 0.2% fall river district 1 0.2% fallmouth district 1 0.2% haverhill district 1 0.2% newburyport district 1 0.2% salem district 1 0.2% somerville district 1 0.2% westfield district 1 0.2% Party Type (n) Plaintiffs Defendants Corporate Entity 452 3 Natural Person 111 560 Total 563 563 (%) Plaintiffs Defendants Corporate Entity 80.3% 0.5% Natural Person 19.7% 99.5% Total 100.0% 100.0% Plaintiff Representation (n) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 444 8 452 Optional 48 63 111 Total 492 71 563 (%) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 78.9% 1.4% 80.3% Optional 8.5% 11.2% 19.7% Total 87.4% 12.6% 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 3 3 Optional 3 557 560 Total 3 560 563 (%) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 0.0% 0.5% 0.5% Optional 0.5% 98.9% 99.5% Total 0.5% 99.5% 100.0% Number of Adults in Households Count Percent 0 33 5.9% 1 414 73.5% 2 98 17.4% 3 12 2.1% 4 4 0.7% 5 2 0.4% Total 563 100.0% 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 443 78.7% Cause 68 12.1% No Fault 49 8.7% Foreclosure 3 0.5% Unknown/Other 0 0.0% Rate per 100,000 Municipality Residents Count Florence 105 1 Granville 63 1 Mattapan 41 15 Pocasset 34 1 Marlborough 31 12 Brookfield 29 1 Buzzards Bay 29 1 New Bedford 29 28 Dorchester 28 26 Hyannis 28 4 Westborough 27 5 Bridgewater 26 7 Athol 25 3 West Newbury 23 1 Fall River 22 20 Millbury 22 3 Worcester 22 41 North Brookfield 21 1 Randolph 21 7 Brockton 20 19 Gloucester 20 6 Westwood 20 3 East Boston 19 8 Nantucket 19 2 Danvers 18 5 Dover 17 1 Lynnfield 17 2 Taunton 17 10 West Roxbury 16 5 Franklin 15 5 Chelsea 14 5 North Adams 14 2 Ayer 13 1 Cohasset 13 1 Halifax 13 1 Norwood 13 4 Adams 11 1 Southbridge 11 2 Auburndale 10 1 Brewster 10 1 Canton 9 2 Fitchburg 9 4 Gardner 9 2 Natick 9 3 South Easton 9 1 Stoneham 9 2 Quincy 8 8 Shrewsbury 8 3 Spencer 8 1 Charlton 7 1 Everett 7 3 Lynn 7 7 Milford 7 2 Peabody 7 4 Raynham 7 1 Brookline 6 4 Cambridge 6 7 Hopkinton 6 1 Pittsfield 6 3 Beverly 5 2 Braintree 5 2 East Weymouth 5 3 Foxborough 5 1 Jamaica Plain 5 2 Lawrence 5 4 Medford 5 3 Rockland 5 1 Roxbury 5 3 Sharon 5 1 South Weymouth 5 3 Weymouth 5 3 Woburn 5 2 Brighton 4 2 East Wareham 4 1 Framingham 4 3 Hingham 4 1 Mansfield 4 1 Middleborough 4 1 Boston 3 20 North Attleborough 3 1 Saugus 3 1 Stoughton 3 1 Arlington 2 1 Attleborough 2 1 Dorchester Center 2 2 Leominster 2 1 Salem 2 1 South Boston 2 1 South Dartmouth 2 1 Haverhill 1 1 Malden 1 1 (not given) 0 166 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 Bristol 77 64 Plymouth 71 31 Worcester 62 70 Norfolk 58 50 Nantucket 56 2 Suffolk 45 89 Berkshire 37 6 Barnstable 36 7 Essex 30 34 Middlesex 17 40 Hampshire 5 1 Hampden 1 1 Dukes 0 0 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. 2023-01: We now report dispositions on the basis of the last disposition found in a docket. Previously we were using a prioritized keyword match, which produced inaccurate results for complex cases. -- When Citing This Work, Please Credit: MassLandlords, Inc. Available online at https://masslandlords.net/policy/eviction-data/.

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