Nov 19, 2014

Do I Have to Provide Air-Conditioning and Heat to Tenants?

Under Arizona Law is a Landlord Required to Provide Heating and Cooling to Tenants?

The simple answer is yes, you do need to provide heating and cooling for your tenants.

A.R.S. § 33-1324(A)(4) of the Arizona Landlord-Tenant Act states in part:  Landlord is to "Maintain in good and safe working order and condition all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning..."

A.R.S. § 33-1324(A)(6) of the Arizona Landlord-Tenant Act states in part:  Landlord is to provide "reasonable heat and reasonable air-conditioning or cooling where such units are installed and offered, when required by seasonal weather conditions..."

If you are a landlord in Arizona and the A/C unit breaks down in the middle of the summer, you better fix the air-conditioner as fast as possible! You can create real problems for yourself if you don't. It gets so hot in the summer that people and pets can suffer serious injury if they're left in a house without any cooling. Especially if there are young children or the elderly.

A.R.S. § 33-1364 and A.R.S. § 33-1365 provides a list of financial damages an Arizona landlord is responsible for if they do not comply with the above statutes.

In addition to opening up yourself to legal problems it makes financial sense to maintain heating and cooling for your tenants. Turnover with tenants is very expensive for the landlord. Not only do you have to rehab the property but there is the cost of finding the new tenants and possible vacancies while you look for them.

If you tenants are comfortable and happy there is a greater likelihood that they will pay their rent on time and stay in the property for a longer period. If your tenants are uncomfortable, they will vacate at their earlier opportunity.

If you have any questions about your responsibilities as a landlord please call us at: 480-344-4035 or email me at cdunaway@davismiles.com