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New Database Tracks New York City Evictions and the Landlords Responsible For Them

Three advocacy groups — Right to Counsel NYC Coalition, JustFix.nyc, and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project — have launched a website that analyzes public data and intel from tenant organizers called www.worstevictorsnyc.org. The database tracks evictions across New York City, and identifies the landlords who are responsible for them. Users of the site have access to block-by-block pictures of where city marshals are carrying out evictions and can also learn who the associated landlords are.

The new site’s creators have verified and standardized multiple datasets to ensure that Worst Evictors NYC represents the most accurate and comprehensive eviction data.

“The way the [city] data is provided is essentially unusable for analysis,” said Sam Raby, the research and data lead for JustFix.nyc.

Similarly to previous interactive maps, this map shows a larger number of evictions in central Brooklyn, East Harlem, and the South Bronx.

To connect evictions with landlords, whose identities are typically unknown, JustFix.nyc used data collected by the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development, which lists the “head officer” of each apartment building. The group also consulted with tenant organizers who have built up a familiarity with landlords over the years.

With this information they were able to create a “2018 Worst Evictors List,” to profile the landlords who evicted the most tenants, where the right-to-counsel law is currently in effect.