News Story (Arizona)
September 13, 2018
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Tags: Funding: State & Local, Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services Inc. (Arizona)
A nationwide surge in evictions has hit Arizona particularly hard, spurred by rising rents and cuts to the state’s once-plentiful supply of affordable housing. Last year, Maricopa County alone saw 42,460 eviction judgments, pulling one out of every 14 rental households into a court system that often leaves tenants feeling overwhelmed and overpowered.
Once a tenant is sucked into the system, there are only two ways out: Pay the rent and any added fees, or find a legal technicality. But late fees and court costs stack up fast, and Arizona’s rental laws are dense. Most tenants give up before their case hits a courtroom, leaving a judge with nothing to do but sign an eviction.