Study: Richmond eviction rate second highest in US

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The city of Richmond has one of the highest eviction rates in the U.S., according to a new study from Eviction Lab.

In 2016, over 6,000 evictions took place in Richmond. That’s about 17 households evicted each day.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said in a tweet over the weekend that this isn’t just a Richmond problem, but a Virginia problem.

“City and state leaders need to be just as intentional about the fix as our predecessors were about creating this misery,” Stoney added. 

The study showed that five of the top 10 large cities with the highest eviction rates were out of Virginia. Richmond (11.44 percent) sits at No. 2, followed by Hampton (10.49 percent), Newport News (10.23 percent), Norfolk (8.65 percent) and Chesapeake (7.9 percent).

The only city with a higher eviction rate than Richmond was North Charleston, South Carolina.

In the top evicting mid-size cities list, Petersburg ranked No. 2 (17.56 percent) and Hopewell ranked No. 4 (15.69 percent). 

According to an article in the New York Times, property managers say evictions are the only recourse when tenants have not paid. 

Eviction Lab is a team of researchers, students and website architects at Princeton University. The team drew tens of millions of records and published the first-ever dataset of evictions in the U.S., dating back to 2000.

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