Understanding Your Rights as a Landlord

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Real Estate Agent with REALTY EXECUTIVES

Rights as  LandlordAs a landlord in Arizona, you have certain rights and obligations, just as tenants have tenant rights and regulations. The Arizona Landlord Rights are in place to allow you to evict bad tenants and help you recover from losses due to renting a residential property.

Rights and Regulations of Landlords

As a landlord in Arizona, you have the right to collect and receive your rent in a timely manor. You can also set in place reasonable and explicit rules and regulations to be abided by the tenants. Unless your property is in an age restricted subdivision, you must rent to families with children. You also can’t deny a tenant based on race, sex or disability. As included in the Arizona landlord rights, you may withhold a portion or all of a security deposit if damage has occurred, but you must provide the tenant written itemizations of any damage costs. Unless you state in writing, all deposits are refundable.

If you’re renting for 12 months or less, you don’t need a written rental agreement; however, if renting for longer than 12 months, you and the tenant will need written and signed rental agreements. If there’s no set length for the rental agreement, the agreement will be based on a month-to-month agreement, which is due on the first day of each month. Only with a month-to-month agreement and at the end of any previous agreements may you raise the rent.

Your obligations as a landlord involve providing a clean, safe and habitable residence with everything in working order, including running water and heating and cooling units. The residence must also have gas or electrical utilities.

Only on the basis of an emergency can you enter the tenant’s property without permission. If you’re going to make repairs, alterations, conduct inspections or maintenance, you must provide the tenant with at least two days advance notice prior to entering the property.

You have the right to enforce the rules and regulations involving your rental property, and if you should happen to change a rule or regulation, 30 days notice is needed for existing tenants. As a landlord, you maintain the right to require your tenants to act in a way that doesn’t cause disruptions to the neighborhood.

Interested in learning more about your rights as a landlord? Contact Steven Larson today!

There are times when rental agreements don’t work out and you or the tenant may want to end the renting relationship. Included in your rights as a landlord, there are certain times you may end the agreement, as well as time a tenant can end the agreement if you haven’t met your obligations as a landlord. You can learn more about ending rental relationships and your rights as a landlord from the Arizona Department of Housing.

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