While a moratorium on evictions has been extended through October for much of the country, the clock is ticking for thousands of people in southern Arizona. Some disputes between landlords and tenants still make their way to court. Arizona 360 learned more about how hearings are presided over during the pandemic in the courtroom of Judge Ronald Newman with the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court. Newman oversees eviction cases.
As of August, renters in Pima County have access to more help. The county recently launched its Office of Emergency Eviction Legal Services. Funding came in May from the American Rescue Plan and since then the county has been busy setting up the program which includes legal aid. Andy Flagg, deputy director of Community Workforce and Development at Pima County, explained more about the services offered. More information can be found by calling (520)724-3357 or by visiting pima.gov/evictionlegalservices.