In response to a petition from hundreds of business in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey ordered all evictions must stop for small businesses who cant afford rent during the coronavirus pandemic. Landlords around the state are ordered to cease evictions until May 31st, and encouraged to defer rent, fees, and interest wherever possible. Entrepreneurs are grateful for this move from the governor and its goes a long way to help small businesses.
“Arizona is grateful to the many landlords who are already working as good partners with small businesses during these challenging times,” Ducey said in his announcement. “This order helps ensure no small business or nonprofit will face eviction due to COVID-19 and that landlords and small businesses work in partnership to make sure we get through this emergency together.”
The order applies to companies with less then 500 employees. About 40% of the Arizona workforce is employed at small businesses.
What the order means
Ducey’s orders means landlords cannot lock out tenants, issue them orders to vacate or otherwise interfere. It’s important to recognize this order does not forgive debts and does not require waiving any fees or interest but landlords are still encouraged to delay or adjust rent.
You can see the executive order here.