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Arizona Courts Issue New Guidance On Evictions During COVID-19

After next week, the rules will change about which evictions can be delayed in Arizona because of COVID-19. Arizona courts have  updated guidance for landlords and tenants.

The governor has extended a moratorium on enforcement of some rental evictions through October, but the state’s court system is clarifying that after Aug. 21, evictions can only be delayed due to financial hardship related to the pandemic, not illness or the need to quarantine.

A new form  available through the courts allows tenants to request landlords delay eviction. But tenants will have to document their loss of income and show that they have applied for rental assistance.

Katherine Davis-Young is a senior field correspondent. She has produced work for NPR, New England Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, PRI's The World, Washington Post, Reuters and more.She has a master’s degree in radio journalism from the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.She lives in central Phoenix with her husband, two daughters, and ill-behaved cat and dog. Her side-passions include photography, crosswords and hot sauce.