The Arizona Landlord Tenant Law is meant to regularize the relationship between property owners and their tenants. This law stipulates that both parties have certain rights and duties. Cities within the state are likely to have their own laws to govern the landlord-tenant relationship, so it is best to get legal advice from an expert in matters of dispute.
The law lays down some basic rules:
- The landlord cannot discriminate against a prospective tenant on the basis of gender, religion, race or disability
- If there is no time period specified in the rental agreement, then it becomes a month-to-month lease
- If the tenant breaks the lease agreement, the landlord may serve a notice giving the reasons why the lease was broken and giving the tenant 10 days to remedy the breach. If this is not done, the lease is considered terminated. The tenant may also serve the landlord with a breach notice, with the same conditions
- e tenant is duty-bound to maintain cleanliness of the unit, use appliances with care, not disturb neighbors or damage property.
- The landlord must maintain the property, keep it clean, provide running hot water and air-conditioning/heating and ensure all appliances are working properly
- The landlord must provide two days' notice of intent to enter the tenant's unit for completion of repairs or improvements
- The landlord may create rules to include in the lease agreement as long as a 30 days' notice is given to tenants before enforcing such rules
- If the tenant fails to pay rent on time, the landlord may collect the outstanding amount as mentioned in the lease