PHOENIX (AP) – Officials say eviction filings are on the rise in Arizona’s largest county, and the average sentence against tenants has nearly doubled from four years ago.
Maricopa County Justice Courts spokesman Scott Davis said this week that September was the third month in which there were more filings than in October 2008.
Maricopa County is home to Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the United States
Davis said the average judgment against an evicted tenant has increased from $1,750.58 in 2008 to $3,337.50.
He also noted that the number of eviction cases to protect tenants is increasing due to the new law, with 248 cases being sealed in two weeks. Cases can be sealed to protect the tenant from future credit problems if, for example, the rent is unpaid or if there is insufficient documentation.
Maricopa County had one of the highest eviction rates in the United States before state and federal eviction moratoriums slowed lockdowns during the pandemic. Those bans are long overdue.
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