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.
State Legal and Regulatory Information
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.
Shelter in Place
Effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020 through Thursday, April 30, 2020, Arizona shall institute a “Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” policy that promotes physical distancing, while encouraging social connects. Under this policy, individuals shall limit time away from their place of residence except to conduct or participate in Essential Activities. Executive Order 2020-12 prohibits the close of Essential Businesses, including building management and maintenance services.
Effective Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey has signed Executive Ordinance 2020-33 extending the state’s shelter in place order until Friday, May 15, 2020.
Effective Friday, May 15, 2020, Executive Order 2020-36 rescinds orders 2020-18 (shelter in place order), 2020-24 (requiring certain travelers to self-quarantine after arriving in Arizona), and 2020-33 (“Returning Stronger” order), and provides that all other orders issued and still in effect since March 11th, remain in place unless guidance has been provided by ADHS on how to safely reopen or operate, or the orders expire, are amended, or are rescinded.
- Action: Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-12 on March 23, 2020, establishing an eviction moratorium statewide through July 22, 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.
No rent freeze is in effect at the state level. Local rent regulation is preempted by Arizona Code: § 33-1329.
Arizona does not have statutory language regulating price gouging during declarations of emergency.