Wednesday, February 06, 2019

The New York Eviction Map

There were over 19,000 people evicted in New York City in 2018. The Acting Public Advocate of the New York City Council has released a number of data visualizations of New York's residential evictions. Evictions: NYC residents are affected by evictions every day allows you to explore New York's eviction rates by year, zip code, or district.

If you select individual markers on the interactive eviction map you can view the eviction property's address and the date the eviction notice was executed. The Bronx has the highest rate of evictions in New York City. Brooklyn has the second highest rate, closely followed by Queens in third place.

A second Building History interactive map allows you to explore 2018 evictions by building type, year of construction and by rent stabilized properties. The map menu on this interactive map also allows you to view the buildings with the most evictions in 2018. 16 Richman Plaza was the individual property with the most evictions last year. This property, owned by River Park Residences, had 60 evictions. You can also use the Building History map to see which buildings had the most HPD Violations (Hazardous-Class C), the most OATH/ECB Violations (Hazardous-Class 1) and the most 311 Service Requests (Heat & Hot Water).

At the end of 2015 ProPublica explored how rent control is disappearing fast in New York and how this eradication is related to tenant evictions. ProPublica reports that since a 1994 City council vote on 'vacancy decontrol' 250,000 New York apartments have lost their rent stabilization status. The 1994 vote allowed landlords "to escape regulation and charge market rates once tenants moved out of apartments that cost at least $2,000 a month".

The ProPublica report on the 1994 vacancy decontrol vote, and its consequent affect on New York's rental market, suggests that some unscrupulous landlords have, since the change in the law, sought to drive out rent stabilized tenants in order to hike up rents.

ProPublica's interactive map Tracking Evictions and Rent Stabilization in NYC shows the number of eviction cases that were made in New York City apartment blocks between January 2013 and June 2015. There may not be a direct correlation between the number of eviction orders in New York and the desire of landlords to drive out rent stabilized tenants. However the ProPublica map certainly shows an incredible number of eviction orders have been made against New York tenants in recent years.

Clicking on the apartment buildings colored on the map reveals the number of eviction orders placed on tenants (and the likely rent stabilization status of the building's apartments). It is truly remarkable how many apartment buildings in New York had over 100 eviction orders served on tenants in such a short space of time.

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