Miami-Dade County Evictions Surpass Pre-Pandemic Levels

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Miami-Dade County Evictions Surpass Pre-Pandemic Levels

Even more than a year after the pandemic-era evictions moratorium expired in July 2021, Miami-Dade County is still experiencing a number of evictions beyond what it faced before COVID-19, on a month-over-month basis.

The county’s Office of the Commission Auditor just released its second quarterly evictions and foreclosures report for 2022, delayed due to county budget hearings, which contains data from April to June of this year.

According to the latest report, evictions increased from 2021 by 45 percent in June, 52 percent in April, and a staggering 84 percent in May. June had the highest number of evictions filed for the quarter at 1,599. Though there was a steady uptick from April to June, eviction figures are lower than what the county saw in March of this year, when landlords filed 1,657 evictions in one month.
click to enlarge The number of eviction cases filed in Miami-Dade County from 2018 to 2022 Screenshot from Miami-Dade County Office of the Commission Auditor The federal government and Miami-Dade County enacted moratoriums on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic to help those who were financially impacted. When the county’s moratorium expired last July, Miami-Dade saw a wave of evictions as landlords rushed to oust tenants once the barrier was down.

The number of evictions has increased steadily since then, surpassing even pre-pandemic levels from 2018 and 2019, according to the report. For instance, 1,548 evictions were filed this May, compared to 1,475 in May of 2018, and 1,399 in 2019.

Annie Lord, executive director of Miami Homes For All, has been following eviction trends in Miami as the county grapples with an ongoing housing crisis amid rising costs of living. Lord tells New Times that she and others believe the steady rise in evictions is directly correlated to steep rent increases throughout the county.

“The reality is we’re seeing a huge rent increase play out, so it’s not surprising that evictions are still high,” Lord says.

Many of the evictions have been filed in the county’s majority-minority areas.

The zip codes that experienced some of the highest numbers of eviction filings included areas like Overtown, Brownsville, Allapattah, and North Miami, which are predominantly Black and Hispanic zones for the county. Miami-Dade County Commission District 3, overseen by Commissioner Keon Hardemon, had 21 percent of the county’s total pending eviction cases for the quarter, the greatest share by far.

Lord says housing advocates are aware that the majority of evictions are happening in lower-income minority communities and have been working towards creating affordable housing in those areas to mitigate the damage to people losing their ability to stay in Miami.

“One of the existential threats we face is that when you have such massive displacement of lower-income folks who don’t have places to go, they end up on the street. That will impact all of us,” she says.

Notable, however, is 33132, which includes part of downtown Miami near from Bayfront Park to Margaret Pace Park. This area is majority white non-Hispanic, according to data from MiamiDadeMatters.org, and had 189 pending eviction cases as of June, one of the highest shares in the report.

The second quarter also saw a steady increase in residential foreclosures filed in Miami-Dade County court, with a total of 2,213 pending foreclosure cases as of June. More than 800 were filed from April to June of 2022. Though more foreclosures were filed in 2018 and 2019 than the most recent quarter, the number of foreclosures have doubled since last summer.
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