Evictions Survey: What’s Happening on the Ground

This fall, the National Housing Law Project surveyed 119 legal aid and civil rights attorneys in 41 states, DC, and Puerto Rico to see how tenants were faring after the federal eviction moratorium ended in August 2021. These attorneys are part of the Housing Justice Network, hosted by NHLP. This is a follow up to our July 2020 survey.

Courts and landlords continue to evict families, in spite of legal protections and billions of dollars in aid to landlords.

The numbers in this survey are the tip of the iceberg because they only take into account families who were represented by legal aid attorneys during COVID. Nationally, only 3% of tenants have legal representation, while 81% of landlords do.

This survey captures an important moment in time and offers a look at what is actually happening on the ground now. It also offers ideas for how to improve our current housing and court systems, which have usually put tenants last. Click here to view our press release.


At the end of June 2020, the National Housing Law Project surveyed 100 legal aid and civil rights attorneys in 38 states to see how tenants were faring during the pandemic. Legal aid attorneys simply don’t know how they will be able to handle the possible 20-28 million evictions that could come by the end of September. Under the federal moratorium in the CARES Act and many state and local eviction moratoria, it is illegal to evict someone for not paying rent. The CARES Act moratorium expires July 24th. Starting July 25th, tenants will begin to get eviction notices unless Congress and the federal government act.