Despite ban, 476 evictions filed in Arkansa in September

September 28, 2020

Despite a federal agency's ban on many evictions that started Sept. 4, Arkansas landlords are filing rising numbers of lawsuits to remove tenants from their homes.

As of Friday, 476 unlawful detainer lawsuits against renters have been filed this month, according to online records analyzed by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. For all of August, state courts recorded 371. In July, 329.

"We're seeing more evictions now than we were before," said Jason Auer, the housing work group leader and fair housing project director with Legal Aid of Arkansas. "... I just think as the pandemic has worn on, that people's patience is running out for the situation and they are less likely to work with tenants maybe than they were a few months ago."

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