On September 1, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19 (the Order). The Order imposes a temporary national moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Order applies to all standard rental housing, including mobile homes or land in a mobile home park. However, it does not cover individuals renting hotels, motels, or other guest homes rented temporarily. The Order takes effect September 4, 2020, and lasts until March 31, 2021.
A complete list of qualifications can be found on the National Low Income Housing Coalition website along with more details about the Order. If you meet all of the qualifications, you must submit a signed declaration to your landlord. Download an unsigned declaration in English on the CDC website or a declaration in one of 20 other languages on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website.
If you have been evicted or are at risk of being evicted for non-payment of rent due to a COVID-19-related financial hardship between March 24, 2020 and March 31, 2021, you should contact a lawyer or legal aid organization as soon as possible.
- To find a free or low-cost legal-service provider, you can fill out an online assessment at AZLawHelp.org and you will be contacted by a legal agency.
- You can also call 2-1-1, or visit 211Arizona.org for a list of legal resources.
- If you need to talk to someone about your legal issue right away, call the Legal Help Hotline at 1 (866) 611-6022, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 12pm to 3pm.
To better understand the eviction process in Arizona and learn what you can do, visit azevictionhelp.org.
Arizona law protects renters from housing discrimination and harassment based on many categories including race, color, national origin, sex, religion/creed, physical/mental disability, retaliation, and familial status.
For more information about landlord and tenant relations, you can visit Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.
Individuals residing in the following counties should contact the Community Legal Services office nearest to them:
- Maricopa County
- La Paz
- Yuma County
Please visit CLS Office Locations to get connected with the nearest Community Legal Services office.