Bill aims to study evictions

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Daily Mirror

As Arizona continues to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the number of eviction filings has also been steadily increasing, and lawmakers are looking to create a study committee to look into how the courts and laws can better help both tenants and landlords.

Eviction filings reached their lowest point in Phoenix in May following an eviction moratorium issued by Gov. Doug Ducey, with only 1,459 evictions being filed in court, according to data from Eviction Lab. That is a 71% decrease from the previous year; just a month later, Arizona would be hit with its first major spike in COVID cases.

Since May, the number of eviction filings has increased by 163%.

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