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COVID-19 Information for Arizona

The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.

State and Local Affiliates

Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.

We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues

Reopening Order

Capacity restrictions and closures have been lifted on the majority of Arizona businesses.

Face Mask Mandate

Arizona has not mandated the wearing of face masks.

Eviction

Status: Eviction Enforcement Suspended for COVID-19 Related Nonpayment

Executive Order 2020-12

  • Action: Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-12 on March 23, 2020, establishing an eviction moratorium statewide through July 22, 2020.  On July 16, 2020, the Governor extended this order through October 31, 2020. 
  • Restrictions: The order temporarily delays the execution of writs of possession by law enforcement when the following circumstances exist and are documented to the housing provider or property owner:
    • A resident is required to be quarantined because they have been diagnosed with COVID-19;
    • A resident is ordered by a licensed medical professional to self-quarantine based on demonstration of symptoms as defined by the CDC; 
    • A Resident is required to be quarantined based on someone in the home being diagnosed with COVID-19;
    • A resident demonstrates they have a health condition, as defined by the CDC, that makes them more at risk for COVID-19 than the average person; or
    • The individual suffered a substantial loss of income from COVID-19. This includes job loss, income reduction, closure of place of employment, inability to work due to caring for home-bound school-age child, or other pertinent circumstances. 
  • Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

On March 30, 2020, Governor Ducey and the Arizona Department of Housing launched the $5 million Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance Program.

Any renter in Arizona, whose income reduction due to COVID-19 does not exceed 100% of the area median income, is eligible the program’s monthly payments.

Rent Freeze 

No rent freeze is in effect at the state level. Local rent regulation is preempted by Arizona Code: § 33-1329.

Price-Gouging Law

Arizona does not have statutory language regulating price gouging during declarations of emergency.

Local Legal and Regulatory Information

Coconino County

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

Coconino County is offering utility and rent assistance for those who qualify.

Assistance is available for Coconino County residents including seniors, disabled, families, veterans and individuals in crisis and affected by COVID-19. Assistance is based on income eligibility and includes assistance with electric, gas, wood, water or propane and rental or moving assistance with utility deposits.

Applicants must call to schedule a virtual visit to see if they qualify. Those who do not have access to a phone can stop by 2625 King Street in Flagstaff where the county will have a table set up outside of the building. Residents living on the Navajo Nation should check with their social security division prior to applying.

Required documents include the following: picture IDs for all adults in the home, original birth certificates, original social security cards, income for all household members for the last 30 days, current lease, current supplemental nutrition assistance (food stamp) letter, past due and/or current utility bills, move-in confirmation form, among other documents.

More information is available on the Coconino County website.

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Marcopia

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

Maricopa County households experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 Pandemic may be eligible for COVID Crisis Rental Assistance (CCRA) through the Human Services Department’s Community Services Division.

Households can receive up to three (3) rental assistance payments for past due or owed rent for the months of March 2020 - December 2020. As long as there is funding available, this service will operate through mid-December 2020 and will make retroactive payments to March 2020 for eligible applicant households.

To qualify for assistance, the following criteria must be met:

  • Applicant lives in Maricopa County, but not in the cities of Mesa and Phoenix;
  • Household is experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 Pandemic; and
  • Household’s total monthly income is at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level.

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Tempe

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

TCAA’s Community Action Program offers emergency funds and short-term case management services to individuals and families who are facing an immediate crisis which impacts their housing, utilities, health, and safety. Limited financial assistance is available to help with rent and utility bills to provide stability and prevent homelessness during a financial crisis.  These services are available to residents of the City of Tempe and Fountain Hills only. Other eligibility conditions and restrictions apply.

You may also call the TCAA HOTLINE (480.389.1375) to discuss your eligibility for emergency rent or utility assistance. Calls are accepted in the order received, Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. During high demand periods you may be on hold for an extended period. You can also fax at (480) 361 0176.

TCAA is offering additional rent and utility assistance to Tempe and Fountain Hills households (single adults, seniors, and families) impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes back-pay for overdue payments and late fees.  Limited funds are available between July 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020. Contact TCAA's hotline (480) 389-1375 for details or click the links below to download an application and drop off at TCAA.

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