Eviction Cases in Arkansas On the Rise With Pandemic

November 2, 2020

Evictions are rising in Arkansas, even as a national moratorium is in place, according to two nonprofit law firms that offer free legal help in civil cases.

The eviction cases “have been going up each month pretty much since the pandemic started,” said Kendall Lewellen, managing attorney for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, which offers free legal advice to those who qualify.

Between Oct. 1-26, the Center for Arkansas Legal Services opened 97 landlord-tenant cases, which are almost all evictions, Lewellen said. During the same period last year, it opened 22 cases.

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