Trends in eviction filings:

Puerto Rico

78 of 78 counties/municipalities tracked
15,660
Filings since March 16, 2020
461
Filings in December 2023

About this territory

52.8%
nationally
(45.83%)
Rent burdened residents
42.8%
(12.94%)
Poverty rate

Eviction Filings and Defaults in Puerto Rico

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a state-wide moratorium on evictions from March 16, 2020 to June 21, 2020.

The CDC moratorium was in place from September 4, 2020 through August 26, 2021.

Puerto Rico had a phased court reopening plan that permitted certain cases to resume hearings either in-person or remotely. Eviction cases resumed some hearings in phase two, beginning June 22, 2020. The territory moratorium dates presented here reflect the phases in which the courts were not hearing eviction cases before Federal moratoria went introduced.

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Eviction Filings by Jurisdiction

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Policy Summary for Puerto Rico

The policy summary below provides a "snapshot" of eviction laws and procedures. Unless otherwise specified in a gray information button below, the information presented here was current as of January 1, 2021. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us at civilcourtdata@lsc.gov.

Notice stage

Does the law outline a process by which tenants can lawfully withhold rent in response to issues with their landlord? 
N/A
Are landlords required to give renters a notice to vacate before filing for eviction for nonpayment of rent? 
No
Minimum lawful period for notice to vacate for nonpayment of rent 
N/A
Are landlords required to give renters a notice to vacate before filing for eviction for reasons other than nonpayment of rent? 
No
Minimum lawful period for notice to vacate for reasons other than nonpayment of rent 
N/A

Filing stage

Does the jurisdiction require landlords to have a "just cause" to file for eviction? 
N/A
Does the jurisdiction require landlords to participate in an eviction diversion program prior to filing? 
N/A
Minimum time period between the day rent is due and the first day a landlord can file for eviction for nonpayment of rent 
N/A
Which courts have original jurisdiction over eviction cases? 
N/A
Total required fee to file an eviction case 
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Is information on legal services required in the notice to vacate? 
N/A

Hearing stage

What is the minimum number of days a tenant must be served with a summons before they are required to "respond"? 
N/A
What must a tenant do to "respond" to a summons once it is received? 
N/A
Is information on legal services required in the summons? 
N/A
Can tenants pay back rent owed to stop evictions for nonpayment after filing but before the first hearing? 
N/A
Is there an active right to counsel program in place? 
N/A

Court decision stage

Are tenants permitted to appeal an eviction judgment? 
N/A
Up to how many days after an eviction judgment can a tenant file an appeal? 
N/A
Is the tenant required to pay a bond as part of the appeal? 
N/A
What is the minimum number of days after an eviction judgment that a writ can be issued? 
N/A
What is the minimum number of days after an eviction writ is issued that it can be executed? 
N/A
Can tenants pay back rent owed to stop evictions for nonpayment after an eviction judgment but before the writ is executed? 
N/A
Is there a law or court rule that automatically seals some eviction cases? 
N/A
Is there a law or court rule regulating the disclosure of eviction information on credit reports or tenant screening reports? 
N/A

Download the Data

Please cite the data as: Civil Court Data Initiative. Legal Services Corporation, 2022. (accessed TODAY’s DATE).

Cases filed under a case type containing any of the following terms or with any of the following event information are considered evictions: desahucio

Census data comes from the following 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year tables: B25070 (rent burden), B25032 (housing units), and B25008 (renter and total population).