Arizona Tenant Rights Laws

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The decision to rent out your property as a landlord or to lease property as a tenant comes with various legal rights and responsibilities. Each state, including Arizona, has developed laws that set forth the obligations and rights of tenants. These laws inform tenants of important issues like payment of rent, security deposits, living conditions and habitability, terminating a lease, discrimination, and retaliation.

Arizona Tenants Rights Laws at a Glance

The Arizona Residential Landlord Tenant Act contains important tenant rights and responsibilities. This includes the duration of a residential lease, and the tenant's responsibility to pay rent. It also explains the procedure for terminating a lease, and the landlord's obligation to timely return a tenant's security deposit.

Arizona law also details a landlord's responsibilities towards a tenant, including maintaining a habitable environment. A landlord is obligated to ensure the proper functioning of all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, and heating systems. In hot climates like Arizona, a landlord also has an obligation to keep air conditioning systems in good running order. Landlords are also legally prohibited from discrimination, or retaliating against a tenant for exercising legal rights.

The below chart provides details of Arizona's tenants' rights laws at a glance.

Statutes

Arizona Revised Statutes Sections 33-303, 33-341, 33-1314, 33-1321, 33-1324, 33-1329, 33-1343, 33-1375, 33-1368, 33-1381

Security Deposits

  • Cannot exceed one and one-half times rent
  • Security deposit must be returned with an itemized list of within 14 days of tenant move-out

Paying Rent

  • Lease can contain rent amount, or, in the absence of a rent provision tenant shall pay the fair market value of the dwelling unit
  • Unless otherwise agreed, periodic rent is due at the beginning of any term of one month or less, and is due in equal installments at the beginning of each month
  • Only the state has the authority to impose rent control, cities and towns do not have this right

Living Conditions

  • Landlords must comply with building codes affecting health and safety and must make repairs to keep the premises fit and habitable
  • Tenant can withhold rent or "repair and deduct" if landlord fails to make repairs fundamental to habitability
  • Unless in case of emergency, landlord must give at least 2 days' notice to enter the unit, and must enter at a reasonable time
  • Tenant cannot withhold consent to the landlord to enter the unit to make an inspection or agreed upon repairs
  • Landlords cannot use the right to access in an abusive way to harass a tenant

Discrimination

  • Landlord cannot discriminate against tenants on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, familial status, or disability

Ending or Renewing a Tenancy

  • Landlord or tenant can terminate a week-to-week tenancy by giving 10 days' written notice and can terminate a monthly tenancy with 30 days' written notice
  • In the event of non-payment of rent, landlord must give 5 days' notice to pay rent before commencing eviction proceedings
  • If the tenant fails to maintain the unit, landlord can give 5 days' notice to cure, and thereafter can evict
  • If tenant violates the rental agreement, landlord can give 10 days' notice to quit

Retaliation

  • Landlord cannot retaliate against a tenant for exercising legal rights by increasing rent, decreasing services, or threatening to evict a tenant

Note: State regulations are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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