Arizona requires landlords to register their rental properties with the county assessor's office. 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.
The maximum penalty for renting an unregistered rental property is $1000, plus $100 per month until the law is complied with. Additionally, if an Arizona rental property is registered with the county as a rental the tenant can terminate the lease with a ten-day notice and all security deposits must be returned! See A.R.S. 33-1902(C).
Registering a rental property with the county is pretty painless. For example, if the rental property is in Maricopa County they provide a form that asks some basic information. They request basic property information such as; parcel number, street address, ownership information, and statutory agent information if applicable. A statutory agent is someone who is authorized to accept service of notices or lawsuits on a landlord's behalf. 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.