Outcomes for October 2021

Residential summary process: Outcomes Report This report examines cases filed at least one year before reading, for which outcomes were largely known. Search Period Start: 2021-10-01 Search Period End: 2021-10-31 Earliest Case: 2021-10-01 Latest Case: 2021-10-29 Total Cases: 1958 Total Transfers: 62 -- High-level take-aways: Percentage of landlords for whom attorney is optional: 37.7% Of those, percentage pro se: 48.7% Most common cause: Non-payment Least stable municipality/neighborhood: Woronoco Least stable with 10+ filings: Ayer Least stable with 100+ filings: Springfield Least stable county: Franklin Cases per day: 65 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 364 18.6% western 335 17.1% central 303 15.5% southeast 279 14.2% metro_south 211 10.8% eastern 201 10.3% pittsfield district 25 1.3% quincy district 21 1.1% lynn district 17 0.9% malden district 17 0.9% waltham district 14 0.7% attleboro district 12 0.6% chelsea district 11 0.6% brockton district 10 0.5% barnstable district 9 0.5% lawrence district 9 0.5% fallmouth district 8 0.4% peabody district 8 0.4% woburn district 8 0.4% fall river district 7 0.4% cambridge district 6 0.3% lowell district 6 0.3% northern berkshire district 6 0.3% wrentham district 5 0.3% bmc west roxbury 4 0.2% somerville district 4 0.2% bmc east boston 3 0.2% edgartown district 3 0.2% framingham district 3 0.2% milford district 3 0.2% nantucket district 3 0.2% orleans district 3 0.2% springfield district 3 0.2% stoughton district 3 0.2% westfield district 3 0.2% concord district 2 0.1% eastern hampshire district 2 0.1% greenfield district 2 0.1% hingham district 2 0.1% new bedford district 2 0.1% newburyport district 2 0.1% newton district 2 0.1% palmer district 2 0.1% salem district 2 0.1% taunton district 2 0.1% wareham district 2 0.1% worcester district 2 0.1% ayer district 1 0.1% bmc central 1 0.1% chicopee district 1 0.1% clinton district 1 0.1% dedham district 1 0.1% haverhill district 1 0.1% uxbridge district 1 0.1% Party Type (n) Plaintiffs Defendants Corporate Entity 1219 5 Natural Person 739 1953 Total 1958 1958 (%) Plaintiffs Defendants Corporate Entity 62.3% 0.3% Natural Person 37.7% 99.7% Total 100.0% 100.0% Plaintiff Representation (n) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 1205 14 1219 Optional 379 360 739 Total 1584 374 1958 (%) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 61.5% 0.7% 62.3% Optional 19.4% 18.4% 37.7% Total 80.9% 19.1% 100.0% Defendant Representation Note: Limited Assistance Representation should be reflected here. Tenancy preservation or other social services may not be reflected. (n) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 0 5 5 Optional 192 1761 1953 Total 192 1766 1958 (%) Has Attorney Pro Se Total Required 0.0% 0.3% 0.3% Optional 9.8% 89.9% 99.7% Total 9.8% 90.2% 100.0% Number of Adults in Households Count Percent 0 96 4.9% 1 1345 68.7% 2 424 21.7% 3 66 3.4% 4 22 1.1% 5 3 0.2% 7 1 0.1% 13 1 0.1% Total 1958 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 1046 53.4% No Fault 466 23.8% Cause 433 22.1% Foreclosure 9 0.5% Unknown/Other 4 0.2% Rate per 100,000 Municipality Residents Count Woronoco 900 1 Ayer 201 15 Turners Falls 170 7 Sunderland 162 6 Orange 114 9 Windsor 111 1 Florence 105 1 Vineyard Haven 105 2 Holyoke 102 41 New Salem 101 1 Provincetown 101 3 Fall River 97 87 Adams 94 8 Chestnut Hill 94 2 Dennis Port 94 3 Greenfield 91 16 Hyannis 85 12 New Bedford 83 79 Springfield 82 127 Lawrence 81 62 Ware 81 8 Clinton 80 11 Charlemont 78 1 Athol 77 9 Brockton 75 71 Pittsfield 75 34 Chester 74 1 Norwood 73 21 Chicopee 72 40 Gardner 69 14 Pocasset 69 2 Lynn 67 61 Fitchburg 66 27 Whately 66 1 Worcester 62 113 Colrain 59 1 Foxborough 59 10 Buzzards Bay 58 2 North Adams 58 8 Ashfield 57 1 Hadley 57 3 Jefferson 57 2 Taunton 57 32 Great Barrington 56 4 Sagamore 54 2 South Dennis 54 2 Bondsville 53 1 Baldwinville 52 1 Lowell 52 56 Canton 51 11 East Falmouth 51 3 Stockbridge 51 1 Revere 50 26 Hinsdale 49 1 Plainville 48 4 Quincy 47 44 Webster 47 8 Marlborough 46 18 North Billerica 46 5 Huntington 45 1 West Springfield 45 13 North Oxford 44 1 Malden 43 26 Dorchester 42 39 Waltham 41 25 Belchertown 40 6 Framingham 40 28 Methuen 40 19 Chelsea 39 14 Indian Orchard 39 4 Upton 39 3 Yarmouth Port 39 2 Middleborough 38 9 Holbrook 37 4 Peabody 37 19 West Yarmouth 37 2 Braintree 36 13 Leominster 36 15 Plympton 35 1 Southbridge 35 6 Feeding Hills 34 4 Jamaica Plain 34 13 Rehoboth 34 4 Three Rivers 34 1 Attleborough 32 14 Northfield 32 1 Everett 31 13 Randolph 31 10 Roxbury 31 19 Bedford 30 4 Bridgewater 30 8 Danvers 30 8 Hatfield 30 1 Haverhill 29 18 Nantucket 29 3 Princeton 29 1 South Easton 29 3 Winchendon 29 3 Milford 28 8 Sharon 28 5 Whitinsville 28 2 Woburn 28 11 Beverly 27 11 Cherry Valley 27 3 Somerset 27 5 Cohasset 26 2 Hudson 26 5 West Boylston 26 2 Amesbury 24 4 Bellingham 24 4 East Boston 24 10 East Templeton 24 2 Easthampton 24 4 Gloucester 24 7 Mattapan 24 9 Roslindale 24 7 Salisbury 24 2 West Newbury 23 1 Avon 22 1 Blackstone 22 2 Franklin 22 7 Hubbardston 22 1 Oak Bluffs 22 1 Rockland 22 4 Saugus 22 6 Wareham 22 5 North Andover 21 6 Boxborough 20 1 North Attleborough 20 6 Weymouth 20 11 Lunenburg 19 2 Newtonville 19 1 Westport 19 3 Andover 18 6 Stoneham 18 4 Chelmsford 17 6 Hyde Park 17 6 Mendon 17 1 Rowley 17 1 Spencer 17 2 Tewksbury 17 5 Chatham 16 1 Hopedale 16 1 Salem 16 7 Topsfield 16 1 Dorchester Center 15 14 East Taunton 15 1 Groveland 15 1 Kingston 15 2 Millbury 15 2 Watertown 15 5 Dalton 14 1 Dennis 14 2 Dighton 14 1 Northampton 14 4 Shrewsbury 14 5 Swampscott 14 2 Shirley 13 1 Westwood 13 2 Whitman 13 2 Belmont 12 3 Dedham 12 3 East Longmeadow 12 2 Lancaster 12 1 Lexington 12 4 Mansfield 12 3 North Dartmouth 12 3 Northbridge 12 2 Wakefield 12 3 Cambridge 11 12 Charlestown 11 2 Holden 11 2 Littleton 11 1 Monson 11 1 South Weymouth 11 6 Stoughton 11 3 Sutton 11 1 Winthrop 11 2 Allston 10 3 Brewster 10 1 Marblehead 10 2 Needham 10 3 North Chelmsford 10 1 Plymouth 10 6 Sturbridge 10 1 Billerica 9 4 Falmouth 9 3 Hanson 9 1 Hull 9 1 Lakeville 9 1 Norwell 9 1 Rochdale 9 1 Somerville 9 7 Westfield 9 4 Westford 9 2 Carver 8 1 Lynnfield 8 1 Pepperell 8 1 Reading 8 2 South Yarmouth 8 1 Tyngsborough 8 1 Wilmington 8 2 E. Boston 7 3 East Weymouth 7 4 Hanover 7 1 Marshfield 7 2 Mashpee 7 1 Medford 7 4 Melrose 7 2 Northborough 7 1 Raynham 7 1 Uxbridge 7 1 Wilbraham 7 1 Auburn 6 1 Fairhaven 6 1 West Roxbury 6 2 Amherst 5 2 Bourne 5 1 South Hadley 5 1 Westborough 5 1 Arlington 4 2 Burlington 4 1 East Wareham 4 1 Hingham 4 1 Onset 4 1 Walpole 4 1 Winchester 4 1 Agawam 3 1 Boston 3 24 Dracut 3 1 East Walpole 3 1 Natick 3 1 Roxbury Crossing 3 2 Brighton 2 1 Newton 2 2 South Boston 2 1 Brookline 1 1 North Weymouth 1 1 (not given) 0 9 Berkshire 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 Franklin 417 44 Berkshire 365 59 Hampden 340 242 Bristol 295 243 Plymouth 275 119 Worcester 232 259 Barnstable 222 43 Essex 222 245 Norfolk 204 174 Hampshire 168 31 Middlesex 122 286 Suffolk 99 197 Nantucket 85 3 Dukes 73 3 Rate per 100,000 renter households based on 2019 ACS. Counties appear even if no evictions filed. OUTCOMES Concluded cases are 'disposed'. Not all cases were disposed at time of reading. Cases are read approximately 18 months after filing. Court Record Reads This Report Reads Stipulation of Dismissal Dismissed Voluntary Dismissal Dismissed Dismissal Dismissed Agreement for Judgment Mediated Agreement Mediated Judgment by Default Defaulted Findings Heard Order Heard Disposed Heard (unrecognized) Other Dismissals: Stipulations of dismissal are not legally the same as voluntary dismissals, but both are treated here as scenarios in which either money has been paid or cause cured. Mediation: Agreements are not legally the same as agreements for judgment, but both are treated here as mediations in which a tenancy may be preserved; judgment or execution may enter thereafter, looked at separately. Tenancy preservation program is generally not visible, may influence either mediation or dismissal. Some disposed cases may have a judgment entered. Judgments may be for money only, money and possession, or possession only. Some judgments for possession may result in an execution. Dispositions Count Percentage Disposed 1722 87.9% Ongoing/Error 236 12.1% Cases not yet disposed were either ongoing at time of reading or left open due to clerical error only. Note that agreements for judgment may not all be filed properly, and that mediations may be undercounted. By outcome, as a percent of disposed cases: Count Percentage Dismissed 630 36.6% Mediated 601 34.9% Defaulted 431 25.0% Heard 58 3.4% Other 2 0.1% Total 1722 100.0% Outcome by reason: Dismissed Defaulted Mediated Heard Other Cause 101 69 148 17 1 Foreclosure 1 2 5 0 0 No Fault 106 92 233 14 0 Non-payment 421 268 215 26 1 Unknown/Other 1 0 0 1 0 Outcome by reason, as a percent of disposed cases: Dismissed Defaulted Mediated Heard Other Cause 5.9% 4.0% 8.6% 1.0% 0.1% Foreclosure 0.1% 0.1% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% No Fault 6.2% 5.3% 13.5% 0.8% 0.0% Non-payment 24.4% 15.6% 12.5% 1.5% 0.1% Unknown/Other 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% Judgments The financial obligation of one party to another, net of counterclaims. Judgments recorded for the plaintiff may be lower than total eviction costs (e.g., moving and storage often not included). Judgments may not be ordered paid if the debtor receives any form of public assistance. Otherwise, judgments are enforceable any time in the 20 years after issuance. Judgments of small amounts typically reflect court filing fees rather than rent arrears. Mediated agreements for judgment are judgments; otherwise mediated agreements are not recorded. Amounts in excess of 100% of cases disposed indicate a judgment was inferred from the docket history but no dollar amount was entered and the case was not yet disposed. Count Percentage of Disposed Percentage of Filed Judgment entered 678 39.4% 34.6% Judgment inferred 171 9.9% 8.7% No judgment 873 50.7% 44.6% Total 1722 100.0% 43.4% Judgments by reason, where dollar figures are known, as a percent of disposed cases: Count Percentage Min Max Average Std Dev Total Cause 129 7.5% 0 48,753 2,062 5,183 266,025 Foreclosure 3 0.2% 231 43,958 14,807 20,612 44,421 No fault 170 9.9% 0 26,019 3,243 4,273 551,444 Non-payment 376 21.8% 0 44,148 7,361 8,125 2,767,838 Subtotal 678 39.4% 0 48,753 5,353 7,348 3,629,730 Judgments by outcome, where dollar figures are known, as a percent of disposed cases: Count Percentage Min Max Average Std dev Total Dismissed 56 3.3% 0 19,712 3,663 3,761 205,179 Defaulted 378 22.0% 0 44,148 5,948 7,827 2,248,412 Mediated 226 13.1% 0 48,753 4,688 6,694 1,059,688 Heard 17 1.0% 0 36,479 6,791 11,062 115,449 Other 1 0.1% 1,000 1,000 1,000 0 1,000 Subtotal 678 39.4% 0 48,753 5,353 7,348 3,629,730 By prevailing party, as a percent of disposed cases: Count Percentage of Judgments Percentage of Disposed Percentage of Filed defendant 2 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% plaintiff 749 88.2% 43.5% 38.3% unknown 98 11.5% 5.7% 5.0% Total 849 100.0% 49.3% 43.4% Judgments All Cases: Count: 678 Range: 0.000 - 48753.510; Mean: 5353.586; Median: 2997.935; Stddev: 7353.776 Percentiles: 90th: 12658.060; 95th: 18845.330; 99th: 38643.750 0.000 - 253.327: 129 ##################################################### 253.327 - 455.055: 14 ###### 455.055 - 816.791: 11 ##### 816.791 - 1465.448: 36 ############### 1465.448 - 2628.611: 87 #################################### 2628.611 - 4714.374: 117 ################################################ 4714.374 - 8454.529: 128 ##################################################### 8454.529 - 15161.313: 75 ############################### 15161.313 - 27187.805: 28 ############ 27187.805 - 48753.510: 21 ######### Judgments By Reason Cause: Count: 129 Range: 0.000 - 48753.510; Mean: 2062.217; Median: 237.630; Stddev: 5203.903 Percentiles: 90th: 6427.290; 95th: 8602.760; 99th: 18431.590 0.000 - 314.565: 57 ##################################################### 314.565 - 551.463: 4 #### 551.463 - 966.202: 7 ####### 966.202 - 1692.289: 7 ####### 1692.289 - 2963.456: 10 ######### 2963.456 - 5188.900: 8 ####### 5188.900 - 9085.004: 9 ######## 9085.004 - 15905.949: 3 ### 15905.949 - 27847.438: 2 ## 27847.438 - 48753.510: 1 # Foreclosure: Count: 3 Range: 231.540 - 43958.130; Mean: 14807.070; Median: 231.540; Stddev: 25245.559 Percentiles: 90th: 43958.130; 95th: 43958.130; 99th: 43958.130 231.540 - 391.783: 2 ##################################################### 391.783 - 43958.130: 1 ########################### No Fault: Count: 170 Range: 0.000 - 26019.220; Mean: 3243.794; Median: 2095.600; Stddev: 4285.670 Percentiles: 90th: 8422.450; 95th: 10282.740; 99th: 22225.820 0.000 - 237.848: 60 ##################################################### 237.848 - 401.232: 9 ######## 401.232 - 1139.736: 2 ## 1139.736 - 1920.054: 7 ###### 1920.054 - 3234.146: 24 ##################### 3234.146 - 5447.138: 24 ##################### 5447.138 - 9173.922: 26 ####################### 9173.922 - 15450.003: 8 ####### 15450.003 - 26019.220: 4 #### Non-payment: Count: 376 Range: 0.000 - 44148.960; Mean: 7361.273; Median: 4756.125; Stddev: 8136.820 Percentiles: 90th: 16796.410; 95th: 27837.130; 99th: 39472.660 0.000 - 307.875: 11 ####### 307.875 - 535.098: 3 ## 535.098 - 929.475: 8 ##### 929.475 - 1613.974: 20 ############ 1613.974 - 2802.021: 68 ########################################## 2802.021 - 4864.048: 76 ############################################### 4864.048 - 8442.994: 86 ##################################################### 8442.994 - 14654.773: 54 ################################# 14654.773 - 25436.213: 24 ############### 25436.213 - 44148.960: 21 ############# Judgments By Outcome Dismissed: Count: 56 Range: 0.000 - 19712.730; Mean: 3663.915; Median: 2437.755; Stddev: 3795.537 Percentiles: 90th: 8850.390; 95th: 9949.910; 99th: 19712.730 0.000 - 318.725: 5 ###################### 318.725 - 504.434: 4 ################## 504.434 - 798.011: 3 ############# 798.011 - 1262.108: 4 ################## 1262.108 - 1995.773: 3 ############# 1995.773 - 3155.579: 12 ##################################################### 3155.579 - 4989.048: 6 ########################### 4989.048 - 7887.469: 11 ################################################# 7887.469 - 12469.411: 4 ################## 12469.411 - 19712.730: 2 ######### Defaulted: Count: 378 Range: 0.000 - 44148.960; Mean: 5948.182; Median: 3513.085; Stddev: 7838.221 Percentiles: 90th: 13377.120; 95th: 20624.470; 99th: 39472.660 0.000 - 250.817: 69 ################################################# 250.817 - 446.096: 6 #### 446.096 - 792.810: 2 # 792.810 - 1408.396: 22 ################ 1408.396 - 2501.357: 37 ########################### 2501.357 - 4441.889: 74 ##################################################### 4441.889 - 7887.268: 74 ##################################################### 7887.268 - 14004.476: 49 ################################### 14004.476 - 24865.467: 20 ############## 24865.467 - 44148.960: 15 ########### Mediated: Count: 226 Range: 0.000 - 48753.510; Mean: 4688.887; Median: 2569.250; Stddev: 6709.449 Percentiles: 90th: 10358.610; 95th: 16032.520; 99th: 33143.970 0.000 - 304.700: 55 ##################################################### 304.700 - 536.084: 2 ## 536.084 - 942.602: 7 ####### 942.602 - 1656.813: 10 ########## 1656.813 - 2911.608: 33 ################################ 2911.608 - 5116.155: 30 ############################# 5116.155 - 8989.320: 43 ######################################### 8989.320 - 15794.075: 18 ################# 15794.075 - 27749.336: 8 ######## 27749.336 - 48753.510: 5 ##### Heard: Count: 17 Range: 0.000 - 36479.880; Mean: 6791.149; Median: 2054.100; Stddev: 11402.467 Percentiles: 90th: 33420.140; 95th: 36479.880; 99th: 36479.880 0.000 - 307.978: 3 ##################################################### 307.978 - 2574.594: 1 ################## 2574.594 - 4375.379: 2 ################################### 4375.379 - 7435.225: 2 ################################### 7435.225 - 12634.433: 1 ################## 12634.433 - 21468.786: 1 ################## 21468.786 - 36479.880: 2 ################################### Executions A levy of execution is a forced (court ordered) move-out, what is commonly meant by "eviction". If an execution is requested but not issued, the court has denied the landlord's request. If an execution is issued but not levied, the renters have left on their own. If an execution is levied, the renters and their belongings were removed per the move-and-store laws. Possession of the housing was returned to the owner. It is not possible to know from court records whether belongings were stored in a licensed and bonded warehouse (renter has not yet obtained new housing) or delivered per the renter's instructions (renter has obtained new housing). The landlord customarily pays for the cost of moving and storage. Executions are considered levied if a return of service appears in the record. Executions for possession only must be returned to the court even if not actually served. Executions for money may be kept (not returned) for attempts to collect. Percentages of judgments in excess of 100% indicate that the judgment for one or more cases was not officially recorded when the record was examined, or was recorded ambiguously. Count Percentage of Judgments Percentage of Disposed Percentage of Filed Requested 694 81.7% 40.3% 35.4% Issued 584 68.8% 33.9% 29.8% Levied 138 16.3% 8.0% 7.0% Levied by reason: Count Percentage of Levied Percentage of Judgments Percentage of Disposed Percentage of Filed Cause 26 18.8% 3.1% 1.5% 1.3% Foreclosure 2 1.4% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% No Fault 37 26.8% 4.4% 2.1% 1.9% Non-payment 73 52.9% 8.6% 4.2% 3.7% Unknown/Other 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% All Reasons 138 100.0% 16.3% 8.0% 7.0% Read as X% of cases filed are levied for nonpayment, for example. Levied by outcome: Count Percentage of Levied Percentage of Judgments Percentage of Disposed Percentage of Filed Dismissed 8 5.8% 0.9% 0.5% 0.4% Defaulted 77 55.8% 9.1% 4.5% 3.9% Mediated 50 36.2% 5.9% 2.9% 2.6% Heard 3 2.2% 0.4% 0.2% 0.2% Other 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% All Outcomes 138 100.0% 16.3% 8.0% 7.0% Read as X% of cases filed are levied following default, for example. Conditional probabilities: 'Given a case is about X, what are the odds of a forced move-out?' Levies Filings Percentage Chance Foreclosure 2 9 22.2% No Fault 37 466 7.9% Non-payment 73 1046 7.0% Cause 26 433 6.0% Unknown/Other 0 4 0.0% Percentage chance is not intended to be summed across reasons. Conditional probabilities: 'Given a case ends with X, what are the odds of a forced move-out?' Levies Filings Percentage Chance Defaulted 77 431 17.9% Mediated 50 601 8.3% Heard 3 58 5.2% Dismissed 8 630 1.3% Other 0 2 0.0% Percentage chance is not intended to be summed across outcomes. Causality cannot be inferred from this data (e.g., did mediation prevent a levy? or was mediation avoided because one party assumed a levy was inevitable?). Court Duration for Disposed Cases (days) Nothing leading up to the filing of the summary process case is considered. Nothing following the summary process case is considered. Excludes grace period, notice period, and entry delays. Excludes execution and appeal period, if any. Actual eviction duration will be at least 40 days longer than indicated for a 30 day notice to quit and 10 day appeal period. Zero may indicate either 0 or no data, see histogram below. (days) Shortest Longest Average Std Dev Cause 0 603 108 110 Non-payment 1 623 87 75 No Fault 0 659 104 111 Foreclosure 25 329 131 96 Unknown/Other 0 0 0 0 All Reasons 0 659 96 93 (days) Shortest Longest Average Std Dev Dismissed 0 548 87 78 Defaulted 16 549 81 71 Mediated 11 659 111 115 Heard 0 603 132 120 Other 0 0 0 0 All Outcomes 0 659 96 93 All Cases: Count: 1722 Range: 0.000 - 659.000; Mean: 96.286; Median: 71.000; Stddev: 93.966 Percentiles: 90th: 186.000; 95th: 262.000; 99th: 548.000 0.000 - 2.572: 3 | 2.572 - 5.379: 5 | 5.379 - 10.392: 18 ## 10.392 - 19.344: 111 ########### 19.344 - 35.332: 194 ################### 35.332 - 63.884: 399 ######################################## 63.884 - 114.875: 532 ##################################################### 114.875 - 205.938: 316 ############################### 205.938 - 368.566: 95 ######### 368.566 - 659.000: 46 ##### By Reason Cause: Count: 336 Range: 0.000 - 603.000; Mean: 108.762; Median: 73.000; Stddev: 110.612 Percentiles: 90th: 231.000; 95th: 367.000; 99th: 553.000 0.000 - 11.328: 3 ## 11.328 - 17.997: 9 ##### 17.997 - 28.273: 35 ##################### 28.273 - 44.110: 22 ############# 44.110 - 68.513: 88 ##################################################### 68.513 - 106.117: 70 ########################################## 106.117 - 164.064: 53 ################################ 164.064 - 253.359: 26 ################ 253.359 - 390.960: 14 ######## 390.960 - 603.000: 14 ######## Non-payment: Count: 931 Range: 1.000 - 623.000; Mean: 87.657; Median: 70.000; Stddev: 75.509 Percentiles: 90th: 167.000; 95th: 212.000; 99th: 417.000 1.000 - 2.552: 2 | 2.552 - 5.308: 5 # 5.308 - 10.202: 12 ## 10.202 - 18.893: 41 ######## 18.893 - 34.327: 133 ######################## 34.327 - 61.737: 205 ###################################### 61.737 - 110.414: 288 ##################################################### 110.414 - 196.858: 184 ################################## 196.858 - 350.374: 50 ######### 350.374 - 623.000: 11 ## No Fault: Count: 445 Range: 0.000 - 659.000; Mean: 104.703; Median: 72.000; Stddev: 111.804 Percentiles: 90th: 213.000; 95th: 281.000; 99th: 573.000 0.000 - 11.438: 4 ## 11.438 - 18.337: 29 ############### 18.337 - 29.063: 37 ################### 29.063 - 45.738: 38 ################### 45.738 - 71.664: 105 ##################################################### 71.664 - 111.970: 104 #################################################### 111.970 - 174.634: 69 ################################### 174.634 - 272.057: 34 ################# 272.057 - 423.520: 6 ### 423.520 - 659.000: 18 ######### Foreclosure: Count: 8 Range: 25.000 - 329.000; Mean: 131.250; Median: 116.000; Stddev: 96.129 Percentiles: 90th: 329.000; 95th: 329.000; 99th: 329.000 25.000 - 32.522: 1 ########################### 32.522 - 70.844: 2 ##################################################### 70.844 - 118.426: 2 ##################################################### 118.426 - 152.976: 1 ########################### 152.976 - 254.953: 1 ########################### 254.953 - 329.000: 1 ########################### By Outcome Dismissed: Count: 630 Range: 0.000 - 548.000; Mean: 87.781; Median: 67.000; Stddev: 78.112 Percentiles: 90th: 170.000; 95th: 216.000; 99th: 458.000 0.000 - 2.507: 2 # 2.507 - 5.148: 5 ## 5.148 - 9.779: 13 #### 9.779 - 17.899: 30 ########## 17.899 - 32.136: 82 ########################## 32.136 - 57.097: 134 ########################################### 57.097 - 100.861: 165 ##################################################### 100.861 - 177.593: 139 ############################################# 177.593 - 312.125: 43 ############## 312.125 - 548.000: 15 ##### Defaulted: Count: 431 Range: 16.000 - 549.000; Mean: 81.803; Median: 68.000; Stddev: 71.087 Percentiles: 90th: 147.000; 95th: 196.000; 99th: 470.000 16.000 - 23.068: 45 #################### 23.068 - 33.075: 39 ################## 33.075 - 47.242: 27 ############ 47.242 - 67.299: 102 ############################################## 67.299 - 95.695: 118 ##################################################### 95.695 - 135.898: 46 ##################### 135.898 - 192.816: 31 ############## 192.816 - 273.397: 12 ##### 273.397 - 387.482: 6 ### 387.482 - 549.000: 5 ## Mediated: Count: 601 Range: 11.000 - 659.000; Mean: 111.950; Median: 74.000; Stddev: 115.410 Percentiles: 90th: 224.000; 95th: 367.000; 99th: 573.000 11.000 - 16.915: 17 ####### 16.915 - 25.746: 66 ########################### 25.746 - 38.929: 18 ####### 38.929 - 58.611: 124 ################################################### 58.611 - 87.994: 130 ##################################################### 87.994 - 131.861: 85 ################################### 131.861 - 197.351: 88 #################################### 197.351 - 295.122: 35 ############## 295.122 - 441.087: 15 ###### 441.087 - 659.000: 23 ######### Heard: Count: 58 Range: 0.000 - 603.000; Mean: 132.448; Median: 97.000; Stddev: 120.279 Percentiles: 90th: 267.000; 95th: 312.000; 99th: 603.000 0.000 - 4.099: 1 ### 4.099 - 7.668: 1 ### 7.668 - 13.733: 1 ### 13.733 - 24.043: 3 ######### 24.043 - 41.568: 4 ############ 41.568 - 71.355: 8 ######################## 71.355 - 121.988: 18 ##################################################### 121.988 - 208.052: 7 ##################### 208.052 - 354.341: 12 ################################### 354.341 - 603.000: 2 ###### -- 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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