YA has a question area for landlord tenant problems. I am one of the top
answerers there. This article will help give you my perceptions in one large
lump sum and you may then compare it to a copy of the AZ law on the subject.
MOST all states have between similar and identical laws re this topic.
I will give you a brief synopsis of what is below–so you may learn quickly or dive deeply.
- we have 3 types of contracts; valid [all good], void [all bad] voidable, [some good some bad]
too many landlords put stuff into contracts that they may not=–thus making their contract
voidable. IN fact, in AZ, a tenant may NOT waive any rights!!
a tenant may or may not have to pay app fees and credit bureau examine fees–based on the landlord,
not based on law.
NO one should ever bring a dog into an apt complex cause all the other tenants may sue the tenant
and call the police for disturbing the peace. Consider the pet deposit only for any pet but a dog.
Always ASK to see the unit they are offering to rent to you, so that you can do a casual, pre-written
document for inspection, inspection.
Pay on time every month. IF you will not have your normal rent money…..get the landlord’s permission in
writing to be late however many days you will be late–otherwise, the landlord will post on your
door “3 days pay or quit.”
IF you don’t pay, he must go to small claims [called different things in different states] to seek
a UNLAWFUL DETAINER judgment. YOU can pay the full rent at this hearing and any late fees.
IF you do not show up, the Landlord has the right to return to court for a WRITE OF RESTITUTION.
With that, he goes to the sheriff and pays the sheriff’s fee and in x days the sheriff visits the
apt [or house if you are renting a house or condo or townhouse or whatever] and the sheriff
will escourt you out. IF you cannot take all your belongings, the LL will hold them for a max
of 30 days. Then he can sell them.
IF you are leaving properly at the end of your tenancy, and you have given notice-=-
make sure you attend the exit walk through to evaluate any possible damages you may
be liable for. NOW is the time to negotiate any problem’s costs.
IF the landlord does not attend the walk through, you cannot be held liable for any problems
in the unit.
Am available to guide further