How are the courts handling eviction hearings?
The CDC moratorium has meant that most eviction lawsuits have been stayed. Before the expiration date was extended to the end of July, Legal Aid of Western Missouri attorney Rachel North said many eviction cases had trial dates immediately after the initial date.
Nearly 12,000 eviction filings have been issued against tenants in Missouri’s two metropolitan areas since March 15, according to the Eviction Lab at Princeton University, which tracks evictions nationwide. That includes 2,912 filings in the city of St. Louis, 4,432 in St. Louis County and 4,615 in Jackson County.
How affordable is housing in Missouri’s major rental markets?
Like most of the Midwest, rent is less expensive in Missouri than on the coasts. However, average income also is far less. Robert Swearingen, an attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, said his tenant clients are often people living on Social Security with income of $600 to $1,000 per month: “They have a hard time finding an apartment that is livable,” he said.
According to research from Realtor.com, the median monthly rental cost in St. Louis in May was $1,145, which was 9.6% higher than a year ago. The average rent in Kansas City was $1,109, which was 4.6% higher than the previous year. Both costs were well below the national median monthly rent of $1,527, which rose 5.5% over the past year.
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