Stories tagged: "housing"


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Feds Extend Eviction Moratorium for 90 Days To Slow COVID-19 Spread

Nearly 170,000 Arizona renters are not current on their rent. A federal eviction moratorium that was scheduled to end Wednesday has been extended through June 30, good news for the close to 114,000 Arizona renters who think they are at risk of eviction. It’s at least the third extension ordered by the Centers for Disease...

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Worried About Rent? COVID Rental Assistance Applications Will Soon Reopen

Applications for the state reopen Feb. 23, while those for Phoenix reopen March 8.  Soon renters will be able to get the help many need to pay their rent.  While government bodies made money available for COVID rental assistance last year, much of it has dried up. Applications for state and local aid closed as...

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Fight for Your Rights: How to Organize a Tenants Union

Phoenix advocacy group Worried About Rent provides resources to help guide tenants through forming a union.  Tenants living in the Amara Apartments complex in Phoenix hit a breaking point last year.  From cockroach infestations to ceiling collapses, flooding, and unaddressed holes in walls, the Amara renters felt they could no longer stand their landlords’ alleged...

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Chandler Landlords to Receive $400 Incentive for Each Property Leased to Section 8 Families

There are currently only three affordable housing units available in Chandler, but there are over 100 families with vouchers in need of a place to live.

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Arizona Landlords Have an Advantage in Evictions — and the House Always Wins

Throughout 2020, landlords had attorneys in about 89% of Maricopa County eviction cases. Less than 1% of tenants had legal representation.

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More Tenants Attending Maricopa County Eviction Hearings Now That They’re Remote

The county’s usual “failure to appear” rate for tenants in eviction cases is around 36%. However, the average for this year is only about 25%. When the pandemic began early this year, Maricopa County and other court systems moved to remote procedures to keep everyone safe.  For eviction hearings, tenants, landlords, attorneys, and justices of...

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Received an Eviction Notice? Here Are Some Resources That May Help.

Protection from the CDC and various local organizations can help keep renters in their homes at least through the end of the year.