'A nightmare for too many': Hundreds of Arizona renters may have been wrongfully evicted during pandemic

Landlords wrongfully acted to evict metro Phoenix renters during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite a federal law protecting tenants from losing their homes if they couldn't pay rent. 

More than 900 evictions were filed against tenants who likely should have been protected by the federal CARES Act, according to an investigation by the Arizona Republic.

Most of those renters also were wrongfully charged hundreds of dollars in late and legal fees. Many had no lawyer to help them navigate the eviction process, no one to tell them about legal protections, with nowhere to go when they were locked out of their homes.

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