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Arizona evictions up, but not close to pre-pandemic levels

Maricopa County constable Darlene Martinez evicts a tenant on October 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Thousands of court-ordered evictions continue nationwide despite a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) moratorium for renters impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Maricopa County constable Darlene Martinez evicts a tenant on October 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Thousands of court-ordered evictions continue nationwide despite a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) moratorium for renters impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Court officials and advocates say eviction filings are creeping up in Arizona but they are not even close to pre-pandemic levels with agencies doing a better job of getting out emergency rental aid.

The Maricopa County Justice Courts handle the bulk of the state’s eviction cases. Courts spokesman Scott Davis says the number of lockouts actually fell last month, from 4,669 in October to 3,813 in November.

Many people had predicted there would be a wave of evictions after the federal moratorium on lockouts ended in late August.

There was an uptick, however, in Pima County, which includes includes cases in Arizona’s second-largest city Tucson.