Sep 17, 2014

Registering Your Rental Property with the County Assessor

You Must Register Your Property with the County
Did you know that if you are a landlord in Arizona that you must register the property with the county assessor? Yes, that's right. The Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act you must register your rental property or potentially face serious consequences.

Section § 33-1902(A) of the Arizona Residential Landlord Tenant Act states in part: "An owner of residential rental property shall maintain with the assessor in the county where the property is located information required by this section...The following information shall be maintained."
  1. The name, address and telephone number of the property owner.
  2. If the property is owned by a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, limited partnership, trust or real estate investment trust, the name, address and telephone number.
  3. the street address and parcel number of the property.
  4. The year the building was built.
Consequences of Not Registering Your Property with the County Assessor

A.R.S. § 33-1902(C) states that if the owner has not filed the information required by this section with the county assessor and the residential rental property is occupied by a tenant the tenant may choose to terminate the tenancy. The tenant must first deliver a 10 day notice to the landlord requesting compliance with this section. If the owner does not register the property within 10 days after receipt of the notice, the tenant may terminate the rental agreement and the landlord shall return all prepaid rent and security deposit to the tenant

Additionally, a city can impose steep civil penalties against any residential landlord not in compliance with the section. Section 33-1902(G) states in part that "if a residential rental property owner fails to register with the county assessor as prescribed by this section, the city or town may impose a civil penalty in the amount of $150 PER DAY for each day of violation after the date of" notice.
With such serious penalties for not recording your Arizona rental property with the county assessor it's just not worth the risk of not complying with the law.

If you would like our help in properly registering your Arizona rental property with the county assessor call the Dunaway Law Group at 389-389-6529 or email at

Any changes to the property owner's contact information must be updated with the county within 10-days. Once the rental property has been registered with the county they reserve the right to perform periodic inspections.

Registering a rental property with the county is pretty painless. They request basic property information such as; parcel number, street address, ownership information, and statutory agent information if applicable. Plus, Maricopa county requires a statutory agent for all property owners who live out of state. You can reach the Maricopa county assessor's office by clicking HERE.