Most Arizona evictions occur in a Justice Court. In order to record the judgment with the county, a certified copy of the judgment must be sent to the Arizona Superior Court to receive a new case number. Once a Superior Court judgment has been established a certified copy can be recorded with the appropriate county. Each of these steps requires a filing fee--as of 2016 the total fees are just over $100.
The judgment will remain on the credit report until it is paid, or for as long as the judgment is valid. In Arizona judgments are automatically valid for 5 years. However, a credit can renew the judgment which will extend it's life for another 5 years. If the debt is paid in full then the creditor must file a satisfaction of judgment with the county to demonstrate that he debt has been paid in full.
In summary, here are the main things to know when recording a judgment with an Arizona county.
- The only way to ensure a judgment shows up on a credit report is to record it;
- If the judgment is paid in full then the creditor MUST file a satisfaction of judgment with the court and then with the county recorder;
- If not paid, the judgment will remain valid for 5 years, and possible an additional 5 years if it is renewed.
If you need help from an Arizona real estate attorney then contact Clint Dunaway at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-389-6529.