Arizona Rental Lease Agreements

The Arizona Rental Lease Agreements are legally binding agreements entered into between a lessor and lessee regarding the renting of a house, apartment, room, or commercial property. The agreements state the rules that both the landlord and tenant are required to follow along with other pertinent information, such as:

  • Occupancy Limit of the property
  • Lease Term (does not include Month-to-Month)
  • Rent
  • Maintenance and Repair Responsibilities
  • Access to the Property
  • Required Security Deposit(s)

However, because each renting situation may differ, the landlord may include rules and obligations not listed above.

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What is an Arizona Lease Agreement?

An Arizona Lease Agreement sets the rules and obligations that the renter of a property is required to follow. All agreements are required to follow the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (A.R.S. Title 33, Chapter 10), which include rules in regards to security deposits, when people can access the property, and several other requirements. For a safeguard against accepting an unruly or contravening tenant, download our rental application, which, once completed, will give you useful insight into the applicant’s credit and rental history.

State Definition of “Rental Agreement” (§ 33-1310): “means all agreements, written, oral or implied by law, and valid rules and regulations adopted under section 33-1342 embodying the terms and conditions concerning the use and occupancy of a dwelling unit and premises.”

Types of Agreements

College Roommate Agreement “Dorm Room Agreement” – A form used to give students living in a college dorm room clarity on their responsibilities and expectations.

Commercial Lease Agreement – A binding contract used for leasing out spaces for business purposes.

Lease to Own Agreement – A contract with a condition allowing for the purchase of a rented property (at a predetermined price) at the end of the lease term.

Month-to-Month Lease – A short-term lease with no set end date. Either party may terminate the contract with only a few weeks notice.

Room Rental Agreement – For homeowners or tenants (when allowed) that plan on renting out a room or area of their property.

Standard Residential Lease Agreement – A one (1) year agreement requiring the tenant to pay monthly rent in exchange for a leased apartment or house.

Sublease Agreement – Allows a tenant to introduce a sublessee into their property to take over their lease. Must be pre-approved by the landlord.

Is Subletting Allowed?

The state has no clear-cut rules regarding subleasing. However, landlords can include conditions in the lease agreement that prohibits subleasing. If no condition exists in a lease agreement, the tenant can legally sublease.

When is Rent Due?

In Arizona, Section 33-1314 requires that rent be due (without demand or notice) at the beginning of each month, unless the term is shorter than one (1) month, in which rent will be due on an agreed-upon date by the parties.

Security Deposit Laws

In agreement with § 33-1321, the following applies to security deposits:

Limit: Landlords are only allowed to charge one and a half (1.5) months rent.

Return Deadline: Within fourteen (14) days, the landlord is required to provide a list of all deductions as well as the remaining security deposit to the tenant.

Access to the Property

With the exception of an emergency or it being impractical, the landlord is required to give a minimum of two (2) days’ notice to the tenant prior to entry. If the tenant requests repairs to be made to the property, the two (2) day notice is not obligatory.

When can you Evict?

In Arizona, the landlord can issue an eviction notice after ten (10) days if the tenant puts false information on the rental application. If the tenant discharges a firearm, commits a crime on the property, or other action in correspondence with § 33-1368, the landlord may issue an eviction notice immediately.