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Maricopa County sees another record number of eviction filings

Phoenix (3TV/CBS 5/AP) — New data released by Maricopa County reveals the number of evictions continues to skyrocket in the Valley.

During October, landlords filed 7,948 eviction petitions in the county's 26 court precincts, surpassing the previous record of 7,902 in September 2005. The county sounded the alarm after the third-highest number of eviction filings on record in August. In 2005, the average verdict was about $1,525, but this year's average verdict is more than double, to $3,172.68.

David Leibowitz is a spokesperson for the Arizona Multifamily Housing Association. He says the number of eviction filings makes it seem like landlords are putting a hammer down on their tenants. Leibovitz said two-thirds of applications end with the landlord and tenant agreeing on how to proceed. “They're trying to work with residents,” Leibovitz said. “No one is taking this lightly.”

Court spokesman Scott Davis said such claims are often resolved before a court appearance. In some cases, the tenant may pay the amount owed or come to some kind of agreement with the landlord.

Leibovitz says evictions will continue to increase as the population grows. He thinks the focus should be on eviction filing rates. According to the AMA, there were 16 eviction filings per 1,000 residents in 2010. Last year, the number dropped to less than 15.

Manistee, which includes Glendale, Peoria and parts of west Phoenix, had the highest number of evictions filed in October. Moon Valley in north Phoenix. Kyrene of Tempe and Ahwatukee. and San Marcos, Chandler.according to Rental.comThe average one-bedroom apartment costs about $1,274, down about 3% from this time last year.

Here are the census numbers: Maricopa County has recently experienced one of the nation's largest immigration booms, with real estate developers struggling to meet the housing needs of tens of thousands of new residents arriving each year. From July 2021 to July 2022, the county added approximately 57,000 new residents, and now has a population of 4.5 million.

The Arizona Housing Authority said the state is taking the following actions: severe housing shortage Approximately 270,000 housing units of all types.

The Housing Commission, a group of government officials and housing experts, concluded last year that it takes too long to build new housing in Arizona and that current local zoning regulations are a barrier to new development. It has been found.

Due to the high demand for housing, especially affordable housing, rents have soared in recent years, leaving many Arizona residents struggling to meet their monthly housing costs. Apartment List, an online marketplace for rental properties, reported this week that Phoenix rental prices fell 1% in October but have risen 25.6% since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. reported.

The median rent in Phoenix is ​​currently $1,155 for a one-bedroom unit and $1,397 for a two-bedroom unit, according to Apartment List. The citywide apartment vacancy rate is 6.8%.

The Arizona Multifamily Housing Association, which represents thousands of property owners and managers across the state, stressed Thursday that most landlords are working hard to keep residents in their homes.

“We know people are struggling,” Association President and CEO Courtney Gilstrap Levinas said in a statement. “If you can't pay rent, eviction is typically the last resort. No one wants to see anyone lose their home.”

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