Eviction numbers rise in Maricopa County, more federal protections in place

Eviction actions filed the month of September 2020 totaled 2,863, according to information obtained by ABC15 from the Maricopa County Justice Courts.

That is a rise from 2,171 filed in August 2020 and a development attorney, Pamela Bridge with Community Legal Services, says it should be a concern for everyone. The non-profit law firm helps low-income Arizonans with housing and employment legal matters.

"They're either going to move in with family, that means exposing themselves to other people going into shelters or homeless shelters, which have one of the most growing amounts of people with COVID right now. Or they're going to become homeless," she said.

The eviction filings are rising despite Governor Ducey's executive order delaying the forced removal of tenants experiencing a COVID-19 hardship through Oct. 31. The executive order still allows landlords to file for eviction judgments with the courts, and Bridge says a high percentage of people who get an eviction notice end up leaving before having their day in court, which results in a default judgment for the tenant.

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