Often tenants will leave personal property on the premises after they have been evicted. As a landlord you cannot simply keep or throw away the former tenant's belongings. The Arizona Landlord-Tenant Act requires to you maintain their possessions for 21 days.
Per A.R.S. § 33-1368(E) a landlord, must hold the evicted tenant's possessions for a minimum of 21 days from the day the Writ of Restitution was issued. As the landlord, you may;
- Keep the tenant's belongings that the rental property for the 21 days,
- Move the tenant's belongings to an off-site storage facility,
- Require the tenant to reimburse you for the actual cost of moving and storing their belongings during the 21 day period,
- Prohibit the tenants from ever returning to the property without your explicit permission.
- Require the tenant pay for the judgment you obtained against them prior to releasing the belongings to them. Meaning you cannot require a tenant pay you for all back rent, late fees, attorneys' fees, and court costs prior to returning their belongings. (Again, you can only demand payment for the actual cost of storing and moving the belongings.)
- Dispose of the tenant's property prior to the expiration of the 21 days.
After the 21 day period, if there has been no contact from the evicted party, and they have not claimed, or made and agreement to claim their property, a landlord may sell the items or dispose of the items that were left behind.
Questions regarding the eviction of your Arizona tenant? Contact Arizona Real Estate Attorney Clint Dunaway at 480-344-4035.