These counties have the highest eviction rates

Amid fears of a coming eviction tsunami, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation last week extending a ban on statewide evictions through Sept. 30.

“California will significantly increase cash assistance to low-income tenants and small landlords under the state’s $5.2 billion rent relief program, making it the largest and most comprehensive COVID rental protection and rent relief program of any state in the nation,” the Governor’s office said in a statement.

The extension comes as a relief to renters and housing advocates. But as CalMatters reports, many evictions are expected to continue. Loopholes and exceptions in the state’s moratorium have allowed thousands of lockouts.

From July 2020 through March 2021, sheriff’s departments across the state enforced lockouts of at least 7,677 households, according to data obtained through public records requests from all but two of California’s 58 counties.

The numbers show that residential evictions increased dramatically in the first three months of 2021 — 3,675, compared to 4,002 in the last six months of 2020…

The total number of evictions in the data could be as many as 9,150; 16 counties either failed to provide addresses, which CalMatters used to verify if the lockouts were residential, didn’t confirm whether the eviction was carried to completion or provided incomplete data.

CalMatters has mapped out the evictions by county. The data show the Central Valley and Inland Empire are hotbeds for lockouts.

These were the five counties with the highest eviction rates:

  1. Stanislaus (18 in 10k households)
  2. Calaveras, Kern and Mendocino (14 in 10k households)
  3. Butte and San Bernardino (13 in 10k households)
  4. El Dorado, Merced and Shasta (12 in 10k households)
  5. Kings (11 in 10k households)

Higher rates tend to correlate with fewer local protections. The amount of discretion sheriff's offices are permitted use, whether county courthouses were closed during the pandemic, and whether a local eviction defense network existed prior to the pandemic are all important factors as well.

Read the full report here.


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