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COVID-19 Information for Arkansas

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

No statewide Shelter-In-Place order for Arkansas.

State of Emergency

Governor Asa Hutchinson declared a public-health emergency on March 11.


Eviction proceedings can resume remotely in the state.

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

No statewide emergency rental assistance for Arkansas.

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state level. Local rent regulation is preempted by Arkansas Code: § 14-16-601

Price-Gouging Law

Under Arkansas Code, § 4.88.303, it is unlawful for any person to sell any consumer food item, goods, or service, including transient housing and rental housing, for a price of more than 10 percent above the price charged for that good or service immediately prior to the proclamation of emergency. 

Local Legal and Regulatory Information


Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

Seven local non-profits have streamlined the process for families who need rental assistance due to COVID-19. A community fund has been set up at First Security Bank to house donations and an allocation committee is in place to distribute funds based on need over the next 60 days.

Families in need of rental assistance can call the central hotline at 501-358-6960 to find out if they are eligible and start the application process. Each application will be processed on a case-by-case basis according to need.

Little Rock


The Metropolitan Housing Alliance has announced that public housing residents and Section 8 tenants in Little Rock will not be evicted during this time period. The housing agency will work with property management companies on rent forbearance.