The Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

The Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act is codified in the Arizona Revised Statutes at A.R.S. Sections 33-1301 through 33-1381. Landlords and tenants should be aware, however, that other statutes and laws may also be pertinent to their case, particularly those governing forcible detainer actions and, in the case of mobile homes, the separate Arizona Mobile Home Parks Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.

Article 1 of the Landlord and Tenant Act, comprising of Sections 33-1301-1381, includes general provisions and definitions common to the Act and most landlord/tenant relationships.

Article 2, comprising of Sections 33-1321 through 33-1330, describes the landlord's obligations, while Article 3, comprising of Sections 33-1341 through 33-1344, describes the tenant's obligations.

Article 4, comprising of Sections 33-1361 through 33-1377, governs the remedies available to the parties in the event one or both parties fails to fulfill their legal obligations.

Finally, Article 5 includes a single provision, set forth at Section 33-1381, which prohibits retaliatory conduct by a landlord in many cases.

Questions regarding landlord tenant disputes may, in many cases, be resolved quickly by way of a review of the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. In order to avoid costly mistakes, landlords and tenants should educate themselves about their legal rights and obligations before a problem arises.

Unfortunately, sometimes disputes do come up, and sometimes it is difficult to determine what your rights and obligations are. In such situations you should consult with an experienced Arizona landlord/tenant lawyer as soon as possible.