March 19th Morning Corona Virus Update

We have just learned that many evictions in Maricopa County are being postponed. The Pima County Constables have released a statement that they are not executing Writs of Restitution and serving other eviction paperwork. The Pima County Board of Supervisors meets today. We are anticipating a statement from them regarding evictions moving forward as well the continuation of other civil matters in the courts. We will keep you posted.

March 18, 2020 Edmondson Law PC Newsletter

Edmondson Law PC:  Corona Virus updates Up to Date Information We are updating our Facebook Page and Blythe’s Blog on our Website with any and all New Information we receive as it relates to the Pima Court System and Ongoing cases as well as resources for our clients and their tenants. Evictions As of the writing of this newsletter, Pima County is still processing evictions for properties held by private landlords.  There is discussion in the community requesting that evictions be limited.  We recommend continuing with any eviction due to criminal activity or serious non-compliance issues in order to protect management...

Administrative Order from the Pima County Courts

The Governor of Arizona has declared a State Wide Emergency. The Presiding Judge of the Pima County Superior Court has issued an Administrative Order which applies to Pima County Superior Court as well as Pima County Justice Court; a link to the full order is below. Third Parties will likely be excluded from the Court Room (only attorneys, staff and parties in the court room). Anyone showing signs of COVID-19 will be asked to vacate the court. Anyone who suspects he/she may have COVID-19 or suspects he/she may have been exposed to COVID-19 should refrain from coming to court. Please...

City of Tucson and Pima County Updates

For updated information regarding COVID-19 and the City of Tucson please go to: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/manager/covid-19-updates For updated information regarding COVID-19 and Pima County please go to: https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=527452 Pima County, the City of Tucson and the Arizona Courts continue to update and adapt day by day and sometimes hour by hour as things change.  Please feel free to reach out to us for help or information.

Update from the Pima County Superior Court

The Pima County Superior Court has released a statement. https://www.sc.pima.gov/Portals/0/Library/SuperiorCourtRespondstoCOVID_19.pdf?no-cache The Courts remain open. Jury duty is suspended until March 31, 2020. For all cases in which Edmondson Law represents you, please contact our office for further information.  The Court is allowing remote participation and continuing some matters.  

Corona Virus Updates

March 16, 2020 Dear Clients, We are keeping a close watch on the decisions and notices from the courts regarding the handling of civil matters.  At the present time this is what we know: Evictions may still be filed as long as the property is not owned by the state or county. Private property owners may still file evictions; we will let you know if and when this changes. All Affidavits of Service must be mailed to the court, process servers are not allowed in the court building. This could delay the process in any case as mailing obviously takes...

Assistive Animals and Fair Housing

How to Handle Assistive Animals and Comply with Fair Housing A common issue these days is how to handle a tenant with “assistive animals” and remain in compliance with Fair Housing. What is an Assistive Animal under Fair Housing? Almost anything other than a “pet” is an assistive animal.  Therapy pets, service pets, assistive pets and emotional support animals all qualify for protection under Fair Housing. What if an Owner has declared a property a pet free property? You cannot turn down a tenant or refuse to allow them an assistive animal even if the owner wants the property to...

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

If I just gave my tenant a 10-day notice for noncompliance with the lease agreement can I accept rent? The short answer is no, not if you want to hold them accountable for the violations listed on the 10-day notice.  Acceptance of rent after any notice is provided to the tenant for a violation of the lease agreement essentially voids the notice.   Blog Fine Print:  Please note the information contained in blog posts is general information and may not be applicable to your specific case or set of facts.  The posts are intended to be informational but do not...

Update in Rules of Procedure for Eviction Actions

The Arizona Supreme Court has Amended the Rules of Procedure for Eviction Actions.  Effective January 1, 2020, Landlords filing for eviction will need to attach to every complaint a complete copy of the lease and all addendums.  In cases filed based upon nonpayment of rent the complaint will also have to have attached an accounting going back six months.  This will greatly increase the number of pages associated with complaints and thereby increase costs for landlords and tenants.  Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the new requirement.