In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a national moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent. If you have been evicted for non-payment of rent due to a COVID-19-related financial hardship between March 24, 2020 and July 31, 2021, you should contact a legal aid representative as soon as possible. You can utilize Arizona Law Help to be referred to a legal agency near you.
What is Arizona Law Help?
Arizona Law Help is collaborating with community agencies throughout Arizona including Community Legal Services, DNA People’s Legal Services, and Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc., to connect qualifying individuals to free or low-cost legal help.
How do I know if I qualify for free or low-cost legal help?
To determine your eligibility for free or low-cost legal help, you can complete a 5-minute screening online or via phone through Arizona Law Help. You will then be referred to a free or low-cost legal agency near you.
- Complete an over-the-phone screening to check your eligibility for free or reduced-fee legal help by calling 866-637-5341.
- Complete an online screening by visiting azlawhelp.org.
I have received a notice to pay rent and I am worried I will be evicted, what should I do?
If you have received a notice to pay rent and are worried that you will be evicted, you should contact a legal aid representative as soon as possible. If you have not done so already, you should also sign the eviction moratorium declaration form and present it to your landlord.
Where can I access the declaration form?
You can access the declaration form on the CDC’s website here. You should provide this signed form to your landlord as soon as possible. To obtain more information on the eviction moratorium, you can visit the National Low Income Housing Coalition website.
I was evicted between March 24, 2020 and July 31, 2021, should I still contact a legal aid representative?
Yes, if you have been evicted between March 24, 2020 and July 31, 2021, you should still contact a legal aid representative as soon as possible.
Am I eligible for legal aid if I am undocumented?
If you are currently undocumented, you may still qualify for legal aid depending on your circumstances. Complete the Arizona Law Help Screening to be referred to a legal aid agency near you.
Where can I get additional information about COVID-19 legal information and updates?
You are able to seek additional guidance about COVID-19 legal information and updates by visiting the covid19.azlawhelp.org website.
Or by contacting the Arizona Legal Help Hotline by calling 1-866-611-6022, which is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from Noon to 3 p.m.