Arizona Landlord Tenant Act

Information about Arizona Landlord Tenant Act by LandLordStation.com

The Arizona landlord tenant act was enacted to protect the rights of tenants and landlords and to specify the obligations of each. LandLordStation.com offers information regarding Arizona tenant rights under this law as part of the state’s consumer protection codes. The provisions of this Act conform to general landlord and tenant laws with some additions that are unique to the State of Arizona.

Some of the general provisions of the AZ landlord tenant act are as follows. This should not be considered a complete list, but a representative sample.

1. Notices to both the landlord and the tenant must be given by certified or registered mail in order to show proof of service.

2. The terms of the Rental Agreement or Lease Agreement must contain the following provisions:

a) Rent shall be paid pursuant to the terms of the Lease Agreement.

b) The term of the tenancy shall be set out in the Lease Agreement. In the absence of a Lease Agreement, tenancy shall be month-to-month.

c) The landlord may pay the utilities on the property and the tenant may reimburse the landlord, or the tenant may pay a public utility company by creating an individual account.

d) Any security or other form of deposit shall be maintained by the landlord, and the amount and specific terms regarding the deposit shall be listed in the lease agreement.

There are some prohibited acts listed in Arizona rental laws that are designed to protect both the tenant and the landlord. A few of these acts are listed below, but this should not be considered a complete list.

1. A tenant may not agree to waive or to forego any of the rights and remedies listed in Arizona law.

2. A tenant may not agree to pay the landlord’s attorney fees or expenses for any reason unless said fees are ordered by the court.

3. A landlord may not violate a tenant’s right to summon a peace officer or other emergency assistance in response to an emergency on the property.

4. A tenant shall not be bound by any provisions of a lease agreement containing provisions known by the landlord to be prohibited. Up to 2 months’ rent can be awarded to the tenant in this event.

5. A landlord may not knowingly refuse to rent to any person for the reason that the person has a child or children, or advertise any restriction due to a prospective tenant having children. A landlord may refuse to rent a dwelling unit if the number of residents would exceed 2 occupants per bedroom.

6. A tenant must be allowed to terminate a lease early, without penalty, if the tenant provides written notice that he or she is a victim of domestic violence as defined in Section 13-3601 of this Act. The tenant must provide that landlord with one of the following: a copy of a Protective Order issued because of domestic violence, or a copy of a written law enforcement agency investigative report of one or more instances of domestic violence involving the tenant. If the tenant chooses to stay in the rental unit after domestic violence incidents have occurred, the tenant can require that the landlord install new locks in the tenant’s dwelling, if the tenant pays for the cost of installing the new locks.

7. For multi-family dwellings, the landlord must provide written information regarding bedbugs. A tenant shall not move infested items into the rental dwelling. If the tenant finds infestation upon taking possession of the dwelling, the landlord must pay for fumigation and removal of the bedbug infestation.

The information provided in this article is meant to give landlords and tenants in the state of Arizona a better understanding of the Arizona landlord tenant act. For additional information regarding this Act or to see a copy of this Act, visit the website of the Arizona Department of Housing. If you have additional questions or have a landlord or tenant issue, be sure to consult an attorney for legal advice. All of the laws pertaining to landlords and tenants can change from time to time so be sure you have the latest information.

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