Jul 27, 2016

Provide Tenant a Copy of Lease the Agreement

Arizona landlord and property managers must make sure to comply with Section 33-1322 of the Arizona Landlord and Tenant Act! Failure to comply with this section can have very negative consequences.

Section 33-1322 of the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act discuss the "Disclosure and Tender of Written Rental Agreement."

33-1322(A) states in part: "The landlord...shall disclose to the tenant in writing at or before the commencement of the tenancy the name and address of each of the following:
  1. The person authorized to manage the premises.
  2. A person authorized to receive court papers and to receive notices and demands.
33-1322(B) requires the landlord to inform the tenant in writing that the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act is available on the Arizona department of housing's website.  

33-1322(C) requires the landlord to keep this information current and refurnish the information when requested by the tenant. 

In the event there is a signed and written lease agreement Section "E" of 33-1322 requires landlords to provide a signed copy of the lease to the Arizona tenant. The signed copy of the lease agreement must be provided to the tenants in a reasonable time and must have all of the blanks filled in. 

A landlords failure to provide the tenant a signed copy of the lease agreement is "deemed a material noncompliance by the landlord." A material breach of the lease agreement by a landlord gives the tenants certain rights to sue for damages or even move out of the property without penalty.

So Arizona landlords, do the right thing! Make it a priority to do all of the little things right and it will save you money and time down the road.