Ducey extends protections for renters affected by COVID-19 to end of October

Jul 16, 2020, 4:20 PM | Updated: 4:32 pm

PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Thursday the state would extend protection through the end of October for people facing eviction from coronavirus-related circumstances.

The order was set to end next Wednesday, but Ducey issued an executive order to delaying the enforcement of evictions for renters who were impacted by coronavirus until Oct. 31.

The initial order was implemented March 24.

They would qualify as long as they notified landlords and property owners of that hardship to request a payment plan.

Renters are still legally required to pay back everything they owe from the time they started withholding payments.

The state has more than $80 million available to assist renters and prevent homelessness in the community; however the process has been slow to get funds out.

Ducey announced $650,000 would be allocated to community action agencies to increase staffing to help get funds out faster.

Ducey also announced $5 million would be used to launch the Foreclosure Prevention Program, which provides financial assistance to people who rely on income from tenants to help themselves avoid foreclosure.

Earlier this week, Ducey announced plans to distribute $6 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to further help Arizonans in need as well.

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