Arizona Landlord-Tenant Laws
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Regarding Security Deposit
Landlords can charge up to 1 1/2 months’ rent for a security deposit, unless the tenant and landlord reach a mutual agreement for a higher amount, such as an additional sum for a pet deposit.
Arizona law doesn’t require landlords to put a tenant’s security deposit in a trust account, nor pay interest on that deposit.
Tenant security deposits must be returned within 14 days after a tenant moves out.
Arizona laws concerning security deposits can be found in Ariz. Rev. Stat. ARS 33-1321.
Regarding Application Fees
Arizona has no limits in place for what a landlord can charge as an application fee.
Regarding Tenant Bad Checks
Civil Penalties: $50 or twice the amount of the check, whichever is greater, plus the costs of suit and reasonable attorney fees.
Criminal Penalties: A check under $25 could result in up to 6 months in jail, a fine of up to $300, or both. If the check is between $25 and $100, then it could result in either up to 5 years in state prison or up to 1 year in county jail, or a fine of up to $500. If the check is over $100, then they could get up to 5 years in state prison.
Allowable Fees: $25
Regarding Notice of Termination for Nonpayment
A tenant will receive a 5-day notice to pay or quit, after which the landlord can begin eviction proceedings through the district or county court, according to Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §33-1368.