With South Florida’s steamy rental market showing little sign of relief, landlords have been filing a higher-than-normal number of evictions in the past 18 months, according to a new nationwide database.
The filings — one step in the process required for a tenant to legally be kicked out — have been on the rise across the country as rental relief programs all but expired after the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the Miami metropolitan area, more than 100,000 evictions were filed since March 15, 2020, according to new data from The Eviction Lab.
“People are struggling without the help,” said Grace Hartley, an Eviction Lab research specialist. “Housing is not affordable nationally, and that certainly applies to South Florida.”