Human Cost
of Eviction

Evictions can lead directly to homelessness. When people are evicted, they can end up in shelters or on the streets.

  • An eviction may disqualify a person from government assistance, making it harder for them to financially rebuild their life.
  • An eviction may disqualify a person from future rental opportunities in the private market. Options are then restricted to unsafe or unhealthy housing.
  • An eviction could mean losing the stability to keep a steady job.

Negative Health

Studies show that evictions affect mental health. One in two mothers who experienced eviction reported depression. And one in five reported their child’s health as poor.

Evictions can cause high stress levels, hypertension, and other health issues.

Pregnant women can develop lifelong health problems from an eviction experience, especially if they have to move to substandard housing.

Further Effects
On Children

Evictions can cause:

  • Higher rates of depression;
  • Lower likelihood of finishing school; and
  • Behavioral and emotional problems.

Economic Costs
of Eviction

Filing fees

Filing an Eviction Complaint requires paying a fee to the court. Eviction Complaint Fees, Eviction Answer Fees, and Writ of Restitution Fees can range from $50 to over $400 depending upon jurisdiction

Attorney fees

Attorneys may charge rates between $150 and $500 for assistance with an eviction. The average is $250 per hour.

Further Effects

Lost rent money

Let’s say the rent for your unit is $1000. If your tenant has missed two months of rent – $2000 – and evict, it could take an additional month or more to resolve the eviction. As the eviction continues, the amount of missed rent increases.

Various other costs

There could also be other costs depending upon the nature of your business. Replacing locks, preparing a unit for new tenants, screening new tenants, and other similar costs may arise when you file an eviction – even if you win in court.