Sep 23, 2016

Recording Eviction Judgments in Arizona

When a landlord obtains a judgment against someone, many people think it automatically go on their "record," or credit report, but this isn't always the case. The eviction judgment is a matter of public record, but the only way to guarantee that a judgment will show up on a credit report is to record the judgment with the county. The judgment will stay recorded until the debt is paid, it expires, or the debtor files bankruptcy.

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 have questions about eviction judgments call us at; 480-344-4035.