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Can a Tenant Be Sued for Rent Post-Eviction in Arizona?

Can a Tenant Be Sued for Rent Post-Eviction in Arizona?

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The term of a lease is considered a sort of contract under Arizona law. Under normal circumstances, the breach of a contract due to lack of performance by one of the parties will mean that the other party has the right to seek either damages or for fulfillment of the contract to the extent that they were set to benefit from it. This leads to the question: if a landlord evicts a tenant (let’s say it’s for failure to pay back rent), can the landlord sue for the rent they are owed for previous months unpaid, as well as the rent they would have received through the end of the lease, had that lease run its full course? Read More

What Remedies Do Landlords Have Under Arizona Law if a Tenant Intentionally Destroys Rental Property?

What Remedies Do Landlords Have Under Arizona Law if a Tenant Intentionally Destroys Rental Property?

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The landlord-tenant relationship is filled with the potential to become a rocky one. This was particularly true before the various legal measures that have been adopted to forestall, ameliorate, or address this fact—and none of these measures have managed to do away with it entirely. One particularly contentious issue that can arise is in the case that a tenant on a property has done some form of damage to it—and especially if it appears this has been done purposely. Read More

Post-Foreclosure Deficiency Claims in Arizona

Post-Foreclosure Deficiency Claims in Arizona

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Sometimes a home or other form of real property is foreclosed on, and its resale does not make enough money from the perspective of the lender. In this case, Arizona allows for a post-foreclosure deficiency to be claimed in some circumstances. Such a claim is filed by lenders as an attempt to recover the balance that remains following the sale or foreclosure—the difference between the sale price and the amount remaining on the foreclosed-upon owner’s mortgage—also known as a “deficiency.” And sometimes they will be granted. Read More

Make Haste to Forestall Foreclosure in Arizona

Make Haste to Forestall Foreclosure in Arizona

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Finding yourself facing the specter of foreclosure is one of the more stressful events that can occur in a homeowner’s life, even being linked to lowered mental and physical health status in people going through it. That said, many homeowners in distress who receive notice from their mortgage lender that foreclosure proceedings are to be initiated are woefully hesitant to take any effective action. This is a mistake. Read More

When a False Real Estate Document Has Been Recorded in Arizona

When a False Real Estate Document Has Been Recorded in Arizona

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Claims over interests in real estate in Arizona are recorded with the recorder’s office of whichever county the property sits within. So long as an individual follows the technical requirements to a satisfactory degree, they can record an interest. It is not up to the county recorder to make determinations of validity or fraudulence. Which means that, in the state of Arizona, it is surprisingly easy for unscrupulous parties to record a false document. From time to time crooks do things like file false liens, or forge deeds that appear to convey a property, and so forth. Read More

May Cities Regulate Short-Term Rentals in Arizona?

May Cities Regulate Short-Term Rentals in Arizona?

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A 2016 law created a regime in Arizona that barred cities from regulating short-term rental properties. This bill was passed based on the convincing idea that doing so would keep cities from barring residents from making a bit of extra money by letting out a room or occasionally renting their properties on one of the increasingly popular home-sharing sites, such as AirBnB, while they were out of town. Read More

Real Estate Encroachments

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Everyone has that one neighbor – the neighbor who doesn’t cut their lawn, who leaves their trash or recycling bin on the street way after the pickup has come, whose mail sticks out of their mailbox, or whose Amazon boxes stay on the porch for days. If you can’t think of that neighbor, it’s probably you. Everyone can get frustrated or have disagreements with their neighbor, especially in a time we are all at home more. It almost feels like we are Jimmy Stewart in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Rear Window, imagining vast conspiracies by the couple across the street. Read More

What Must a Landlord Disclose in Arizona?

What Must a Landlord Disclose in Arizona?

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The landlord-tenant relationship generally has the potential to be a fraught one. It’s not surprising when you think about it: the arrangement is an intermingling of one person’s property rights (the landlord’s) with the locus of someone else’s daily life and the concepts of habitation and privacy that go along with it (those of tenants). When those concepts are overlapped, resentment has a way of cropping up. It is this complex relationship that has led to laws on various levels—federal, state, and municipal—that attempt to honor both sides. Disclosure laws, for example, require that a landlord give a potential tenant notice of conditions in their lease properties that may be problematic. Read More

Arizona Homeowners Associations—Differences Between Condo and Single Family Rules

Arizona Homeowners Associations—Differences Between Condo and Single Family Rules

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Ever since Sun City was founded back in the 1950s, Arizona has been a haven of sorts for Homeowners Associations. These organizations, which make and enforce the rules regarding properties and residents of a given planned community, subdivision, or condominium, are considered in many cases to be vital to maintaining the value of homes under their control. But they do come at a cost: not only must one who purchases or rents into a community with a homeowners association bound by the rules that apply to them, but there is generally a monthly fee (or “dues”) either added to one’s mortgage or paid separately to cover the activities undertaken—and amenities provided—by the homeowners association. And the homeowners association can take possession of your home if you don’t pay that fee. Read More

Whose Fence is it Anyway?: Fences on Property Lines in Arizona

Whose Fence is it Anyway?: Fences on Property Lines in Arizona

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There’s a popular saying coined by Robert Frost in his poem “Mending Wall”: “Good fences make good neighbors.” The idea is, generally, that this eases the ability for neighbors to respect one anothers’ property by taking the gray-zones out of where one parcel ends and another begins. (It’s amazing how angry people can get when a neighbor simply mows one row beyond where they believe their property begins.) But this proverb (so to speak) does beg the question: when there’s a fence sitting right on the property line, who does it belong to? Who is responsible for its care? For repairs? Read More