Arizona evictions on the rise, but not near pre-pandemic levels | National government and new policies

By ANITA SNOW Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) – Eviction requests are on the rise in Arizona, but they are not even close to pre-pandemic levels as agencies do a better job of granting rent assistance, according to court officials and the lawyers.

Scott Davis, spokesman for the Maricopa County Courts, which handle the bulk of Arizona deportation cases, said the number of lockouts in November actually fell last month from 4 669 in October to 3,813 in November. That’s about two-thirds of the 5,804 deportation cases filed in Arizona’s largest county in November 2019 – before the pandemic.

“Still no tsunami,” Davis said, referring to the flood of evictions many people predicted would be triggered after the federal moratorium on lockouts ended in late August.

The temporary ban by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had been imposed to protect tenants struggling to pay their rent amid the economic disruption of the pandemic.

The Pima County Consolidated Court of Justice, which includes cases in Arizona’s second-largest city, Tucson, reported 803 deportation requests in October, up from 485 in October 2020 but still a far cry from the 1,228 reported before. pandemic in October 2019.

A eviction prevention program run jointly by Tucson and Pima County has succeeded in withdrawing most of the $ 32 million in federal rent assistance allocated to it and is asking the state for millions of additional funds not spent in other parts of Arizona.

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