Understanding Landlord Tenant Laws

TENANT ORGANIZING

By |2016-07-07T19:11:49+00:00July 7th, 2016|Tenant Stories, Understanding Landlord Tenant Laws|

Arizona Tenants Union helps its members invoke various remedies for landlord abuse that the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act affords.  But each time I walk a tenant through the process of, say, legally invoking the “repair and deduct” process under A.R.S. § 33-1361(A), I worry that a judge (well, Justice of the Peace –

BROKEN AIR CONDITIONERS

By |2016-07-02T22:51:21+00:00July 2nd, 2016|Understanding Landlord Tenant Laws|

It’s summer again, and with it brings . . . broken air conditioners!  The other day, 3-On-Your-Side did a piece about what a tenant should do if his air conditioning is not working.  But the information they gave was incorrect.  I actually called them and am waiting for a response on whether I can go

HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF IN AN EVICTION ACTION

By |2016-03-02T05:48:56+00:00March 2nd, 2016|Understanding Landlord Tenant Laws|

I have in the past discussed the eviction process in Arizona, but I haven’t talked specifically about how to defend yourself in an eviction action.  What I’m going to do here is try to give you some specific strategies for defending yourself in eviction proceedings.  I am not going to go into detail discussing arcane

THE PROBLEM WITH JUSTICE COURTS

By |2015-10-24T08:58:20+00:00October 24th, 2015|Understanding Landlord Tenant Laws|

I’ve written at some length about the lack of due process in Justice Court eviction proceedings.  But I wonder how many people really understand just how serious these issues are that I complain about.  So I’m going to go into some detail about the problems tenants face in court.  The devil is in the details,

MORE ON DUE PROCESS

By |2015-09-19T20:48:39+00:00September 19th, 2015|Tenant Stories, Understanding Landlord Tenant Laws|

As I’ve discussed many times in this blog, Arizona is one of those states in which tenants have essentially no due process of law.  I like to give real examples to breathe life into this maxim.  Here's the latest one: A tenant recently came into our office who was having terrible problems with her landlord.

HOW TO DO A LEASE TERMINATION

By |2015-07-25T23:31:52+00:00July 25th, 2015|Understanding Landlord Tenant Laws|

The second biggest issue we get at Arizona Tenants Union, just behind landlord’s refusal to return a security deposit, is legally terminating your lease without taking a hit on your credit or suffering other consequences.  Lease termination is a tricky procedure, both in terms of how to do it and also how to write about

SB 1185 NOW IN EFFECT

By |2015-07-06T01:58:58+00:00July 6th, 2015|Understanding Landlord Tenant Laws|

On July 1st of this year, SB 1185 took effect.  Readers of this blog will remember that on April 13th, Gov. Ducey quietly signed a bill that allows a landlord to evict a tenant’s roommate who is not on the lease without any due process whatsoever, just by calling the police and having the roommate removed.  

ILLEGAL EVICTION AND ABANDONMENT

By |2015-06-28T07:56:37+00:00June 28th, 2015|Understanding Landlord Tenant Laws|

There are only two circumstances under which a landlord may access your apartment and remove your belongings: 1) if you abandoned you apartment, or 2) by using a constable operating under a “writ of restitution” issued by a court.  If a landlord locks you out of your apartment for any other reason it is considered