Dec 2022 - February 2023: Eviction Overview

In the last quarter, 74% of households had their cases dismissed due to the efforts of the EDDP; 90% were able to remain in their homes.

A torrent of evictions in Dane County only grew more severe in the past three months, according to the latest Tenant Resource Center evictions data. Landlords filed 619 eviction actions, involving approximately 500 households, from December 1, 2022 to February 28, 2023 – a 40 percent increase over the previous quarter and nearly double the number of evictions during those same months last year. Mirroring previous quarters, most of the evictions were filed due to nonpayment of rent: 538 households (87%) faced eviction due to unpaid rent with the average household owing roughly $2,500; another 18 (3%) due to non-rent related lease violations; and 37 (6%) due to “holding over” past the end of a lease term.

Most (74%) households had their cases dismissed due to the efforts of the EDDP and the Dane CORE rental assistance program, with the overwhelming majority of these households (~90%) able to remain in their homes after the conclusion of their cases. The remainder had their cases dismissed with a stipulated move-out date.

Sixty-two cases ended in judgments of eviction. Roughly 70% of these were default judgments due to the tenant not appearing for either their initial hearing date or their trial, while 11 households (19%) defaulted on stipulated dismissal agreements. The rest received eviction judgements at their trials. (Note: More than 70 cases are still ongoing.)

The EDDP program and its partners continue to be the crucial force working to lessen the power imbalance tenants face in eviction proceedings: Every tenant represented by an attorney this quarter secured representation through the EDDP.