Governor Doug Ducey has temporarily halted the enforcement of eviction action orders for renters impacted by COVID-19. He issued an executive order Tuesday and it applies to renters who are quarantining because of COVID-19 or are facing economic hardship as a result of the outbreak.
It will remain in effect for 120 days.
“Nobody should be forced out of their home because of COVID-19,” said Governor Ducey. “This order is about protecting public health and providing relief to families impacted by this virus — whether through sickness or economic hardship. This is the right thing to do to support Arizona families during their time of need and prevent the spread of COVID-19."
In a written news brief, the governor said the action aligns with recent federal actions. Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a suspension of all evictions for HUD-financed properties.
At the same time, the Federal Housing Finance Agency directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days due to the coronavirus national emergency. The Arizona Department of Housing offers assistance to Arizonans struggling to make mortgage payments.