Despite the negative economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of a statewide eviction moratorium, some of the most populated areas of Missouri did not see many more eviction filings than their historical average over the first month-plus of the year. Some even experienced a decrease in filings
There were 1,757 evictions in Missouri over the four weeks from Jan. 10 to Feb. 9, according to data from Eviction Lab and January Advisors. Most of those came from Missouri’s population centers, with the Kansas City and St. Louis areas alone making up almost 1,000 of them. But in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, eviction filings differed from the historical average by less than 10%; in Kansas City, fillings were down by 47% for those four weeks.
Some counties with few residents — and low historical eviction averages — showed large percentage increases due to a handful of evictions. In other words, although these counties did have large jumps in percentage, the raw increase in evictions was minimal.
Butler County, in southeast Missouri, saw the largest filing rate, with filings against 0.47% of renters, closely followed by Clay County, with 0.43%.
Gov. Mike Parson signed House Bill 16 last month, aiming to deliver more than $324 million in assistance to renters and landlords.