Evictions are on the Decline in D.C.

During the recession, a larger share of court cases ended in evictions than in previous years — since then, evictions have declined to pre-recession levels.

Source: Author's analysis of District of Columbia Superior Court Court Cases Online search tool. Court case data available in the note on methods and data below.

Stalled only somewhat by the recession, a declining share of renters have been evicted or even taken to court, likely due to a steady influx of more affluent renters into the District.

Source: Author's analysis of District of Columbia Superior Court Court Cases Online search tool, 2000 Census, and 2005 through 2012 American Community Survey data. Renter data from 2003 and 2004 represent an interpolation between 2000 and 2005 data, and 2013 renter data is assumed to be the same as 2012, the most recent year for which this data is available. Court case data available in the note on methods and data below.

Source: Author's analysis of District of Columbia Superior Court Court Cases Online search tool, 2000 Census, and 2005 through 2012 American Community Survey data. Renter data from 2003 and 2004 represent an interpolation between 2000 and 2005 data, and 2013 renter data is assumed to be the same as 2012, the most recent year for which this data is available. Court case data available in the note on methods and data below.

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Source: Author's analysis of 2000 Census and 2005 through 2012 American Community Survey data. Renter data from 2003 and 2004 represent an interpolation between 2000 and 2005 data.

A Note on Methods and Data

Evictions are defined by Writs of Restitution that were executed in the year presented, as recorded by the District of Columbia Superior Court and provided online via the Court Cases Online search tool. Court data accessed 11/19/2013 and 1/15/2014. It's possible that a small number of cases are for commercial entities and not renters, but this is impossible to measure in the data. Anecdotal evidence suggests that a very small number of Landlord Tenant cases are for commercial property.

The full dataset is split into four separate CSV tables that can be linked by the LTB field in each. The data is available for download below. Feel free to contact me at @GrahamIMac if you have any questions.