Eviction filings in Maricopa County, AZ (Phoenix) fell sharply in April 2020 and have remained below historical averages. The state of Arizona instituted an eviction moratorium in late-March, but this policy only suspended enforcement of COVID-19-related nonpayment evictions, and new filings were being accepted. These eviction protections in the state expired at the end of October.
This data, unlike most of the Eviction Tracking System, will only be updated on a monthly basis for Maricopa County. New Orleans (Orleans Parish, LA) and Las Vegas (Clark County, NV) are the other areas with monthly-only updates.
More detail on eviction protections in Arizona can be found on the COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard.
* Filings in the last week may be undercounted as a result of processing delays. These counts will be revised in the following week.
Eviction filings in Phoenix were near or above historical averages in January, February, and March of 2020.1 New filings dropped dramatically in April and have remained below historical averages.
Eviction filings aren’t spread evenly across cities: a small number of buildings are responsible for a disproportionate share of eviction cases. This pattern, which existed before the pandemic, has continued in 2020 and 2021. We analyzed eviction records in Phoenix (Maricopa County) to determine where the most cases are being filed during the pandemic. This is a list of eviction hot spots—the 10 buildings responsible for the most filings—over the course of the full pandemic and over the last eight weeks. We also display the plaintiff name most often listed with a given building in the court filings.
When a landlord files an eviction claim in Phoenix, we observe the amount they claim the tenant owes in back rent, late fees, and damages. In this figure, we plot the typical (median) amount claimed in eviction filings for each month since January 2020. We exclude cases in which the landlord doesn’t make a monetary claim, and we drop months if there were fewer than 10 eviction cases filed.
Maricopa County is divided into 916 census tracts. In each of those tracts, we map the number of eviction filings over the last four weeks. If you toggle below you can see these numbers as eviction filing rates—the number of eviction filings divided by the number of renter households in the area—or compared to the typical number of filings in the average year.1 2
American Community Survey (ACS) data allow us to categorize neighborhoods by their racial/ethnic majority: White, Latinx, or Other/None. Between January and March 2020, eviction filings were concentrated in majority-white neighborhoods. Since April, eviction filings have dropped across all neighborhoods, though they have increased back closer to historical averages in recent months.
When you toggle the figure to see data relative to average, comparisons are being drawn—within the same set of neighborhoods defined by racial/ethnic majority—between filings in 2020-2021 and average filings in 2015-2019.1