Arizona Rental Lease Agreement Templates
The Arizona Rental Lease Agreements are legally binding contracts used for the renting of residential and commercial property and are entered into by a landlord and one (1) or more tenants. The documents specify each party’s respective obligations in regards to a number of matters, including the rent due date, utilities and services, rent amount, furnishings, and any unique tenant and landlord obligations. In addition to providing financial security for landlords, the forms serve as a guide during leasing, allowing the parties to look back on the document for clarification on rules, payments, and other information.
Table of Contents
- What is an Arizona Lease?
- State Laws & Guides
- When is Rent Due?
- Landlord’s Access
- Landlord’s Duties
- Tenant’s Duties
- Required Disclosures
- Security Deposits
Association of Realtors Lease Agreement – The official Arizona Association of Realtors standard residential lease agreement. Can be used with or without an agent overseeing the agreement.
Download – Adobe PDF (.pdf)
Commercial Lease Agreement – Used to outline legal terms between a landlord and a business-owning tenant. Complies with all AZ laws and stipulations.
Lease to Own Agreement – An agreement that offers the provision for a tenant to purchase the property they are renting.
Month-to-Month Lease Agreement – A rental agreement without a set end date that requires renewing on a monthly basis.
Roommate Agreement – Specifies how roommates should conduct themselves in a shared dwelling.
Standard Residential Lease Agreement – Provides legal scope for a property to be rented out for an average period of one (1) year.
Download – Adobe PDF (.pdf)
Sublease Agreement – Allows tenants, with permission from their landlord, to rent out the property they are leasing.
An Arizona Lease Agreement provides clearcut legal conditions that both a landlord and tenant(s) agree to follow for the full length of the lease. The agreement provides certain legal protections to both parties, as well as responsibilities to uphold. Prior to signing a lease agreement, landlords should ensure they provide tenants with a rental application as a means of verifying their credentials and trustworthiness.
State Definition (§ 33-1310(12)) – “means all agreements, written, oral or implied by law, and valid rules and regulations adopted under section 33-1342 embodying the terms and conditions concerning the use and occupancy of a dwelling unit and premises.”
According to (§ 33-1368(B)), rent must be paid on the date stated in the agreement. Landlords may charge a late fee if rent is overdue; however, the fee must be reasonable and clearly specified in the written agreement.
Emergency (§ 33-1343(C)): In the case of an emergency, the landlord may enter the dwelling unit without the consent of the tenant at any time.
Non-Emergency: The landlord must provide the tenant at least two (2) days’ notice of the landlord’s intent to enter, and they may only enter at reasonable times.
Per § 33-1324, landlords are required to comply with the following:
- Make any and all necessary repairs to the rental to ensure it is habitable by the tenant(s),
- Keep common/general areas both clean and safe,
- Maintain and keep all systems available to the tenant(s) of which include the electrical systems, HVAC, elevators, plumbing, and more.
- Ensure tenant(s) have a means of disposing of their garbage (receptacles, garbage pickup services, etc.), and
- Provide clean and hot running water, and supply air conditioning in units in which it is offered (or where weather demands).
- Comply with all requirements as stated by AZ § 9-1303.
In accordance with § 33-1341, tenants have to act in compliance with the following:
- Comply with all tenant-directed building codes,
- Keep their rented portion clean and safe,
- Throw away trash in a safe matter and in-compliance with the rules as stated by the lease,
- Keep all fixtures clean (as feasible),
- Notify the landlord of any new or existing issue that requires their assistance,
- Refrain from disturbing neighboring tenants (or the landlord), and
- Use included appliances and other systems the way they are supposed to be used.
- Bedbug Disclosure (§ 33-1319): Landlords are required to provide bedbug educational materials to both existing and new tenants, which must include bedbug prevention strategies among other information. In the case that the landlord knows of a current bedbug infestation in their dwelling, they shall not enter into any lease agreement with a tenant.
- Disclosure of Landlord and Tenant Act (§ 33-1322-B): The landlord should inform the tenant in writing that the “Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act” can be obtained from the Arizona Department of Housing’s website. This should be done at or before the commencement of the tenancy.
- Lead Paint Disclosure: Prior to the lease taking effect, federal law dictates that landlords must disclose known information about housing built before 1978 regarding lead-based paint and associated hazards. Landlords must also provide this pamphlet concerning the matter.
- Name and Addresses (§ 33-1322): The landlord must disclose the name and address of the property owner as well as anyone authorized to manage the property.
- Move-In Documents (§ 33-1321-C): Once the tenant moves in, the landlord must provide a signed copy of the lease to the tenant. They must also provide a move-in checklist that specifies any existing damages to the dwelling unit and written notification to the tenant that the tenant may be present at the move-out inspection (found below).
Download Move-in Checklist: Adobe PDF (.pdf)
Security Deposit Statute: § 33-1321
Maximum Amount: A landlord cannot demand or receive security, including prepaid rent in an amount or value of more than one and one-half (1.5) month’s rent. However, the tenant can voluntarily pay more than one and one-half (1.5) month’s rent in advance if they choose to.
Returning to Tenant: If the tenancy is terminated, property or money held by the landlord as prepaid rent and security may be applied to the payment of all rent. It is also subject to a landlord’s duty to mitigate all charges as specified in the signed lease agreement or as provided in this chapter.
Deposit Interest: No relevant AZ statute.