Arizona Landlord-Tenant Laws

Like most areas of the law, the Arizona Residential Landlord-Tenant laws are complex. The statutes that relate directly to residential leases and rentals can be found in Title 33 of the Arizona Revised Statutes.

The law can be divided roughly into two areas: duties of the landlord and duties of the tenant. It is recommended that a person read the statutes to see how they apply in a specific situation.

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Duties of the Landlord

In Arizona, a residential landlord must:

  • act in good faith (§ 33-1311);
  • NOT lease a unit that is known to be infected with bedbugs (§ 33-1319);
  • NOT discriminate against a tenant who has children (§ 33-1317);
  • allow a tenant to break the lease without penalty in some instances of domestic violence (§ 33-1318);
  • upon move in, provide a signed lease, list of existing damage to premises and notice that tenant may be present at a move out inspection (§ 33-1321);
  • disclose the name and address of any managers or owners or agents of the owners of the premises, and make the updated information available upon request (§ 33-1322);
  • supply possession of the dwelling unit (§ 33-1323);
  • maintain fit premises as described in § 33-1324;
  • give notice of foreclosure action if rental agreement is entered into after initiation of foreclosure proceedings (§ 33-1331).

Duties of the Tenant

In Arizona, a residential tenant must:

  • act in good faith (§ 33-1311);
  • maintain the dwelling unit as detailed in § 33-1341;
  • comply with enforceable rules and regulation adopted by the landlord (§ 33-1342);
  • NOT unreasonably withhold consent to access the dwelling unit from the landlord (§ 33-1343);
  • occupy the unit only as a dwelling (§ 33-1344).

Remedies and Further Details

The statutes also discuss possible remedies that may be available in specific situations. These can include withholding rent or severing tenancy, but you should read the sections to see which is appropriate in your given situation. The remedies can be found in §§ 33-1361 through 33-1377.

Reading the statutes will give you a better idea of what the law says about your specific situation. If you need more help, contact an attorney. Only an attorney can advise you about how the law applies in your specific circumstances.

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KwameG 5 years ago from MS

good info


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

amazingchild, you have really highlighted the importance of checking tenant laws in your own state, good job. These laws vary so much that's it's good to have a reference to the correct information.

Cloverleaf.

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