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New Arizona order protects renters from eviction during coronavirus outbreak

The outbreak prompted many cities to order all but the most essential services be closed, forcing many people out of work.

PHOENIX — An order from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Tuesday will prevent renters from evicting tenants who are under quarantine or are financially unstable due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The state order will stay in effect for 120 days. The announcement comes a week after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Federal Housing Finance Agency each announced a 60-day suspension on all evictions on properties it's financed across the country.

“Nobody should be forced out of their home because of COVID-19,” Ducey said. “This order is about protecting public health and providing relief to families impacted by this virus.”

The Centers for Disease Control reports 44,183 cases of coronavirus across the country, including 326 patients in Arizona.

The outbreak prompted many Arizona cities to enact emergency declarations and ordered all but the most essential services be closed, forcing many people to be temporarily out of work or laid off altogether.

The Arizona Department of Housing has resources for residents struggling to make mortgage payments. Go to the department’s website for more information.

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