Arizona Security Deposit Law

Arizona Security Deposit Law

Author: Kasee Godwin
Date: 10.04.2023

Understanding Arizona Security Deposit Law 

In Arizona, it’s typical for landlords to request a security deposit equivalent to one-and-a-half months’ rent. This is to guard against potential damages and unpaid rent. 

Arizona state law provides clear guidelines on this subject, and below is a breakdown. 

What’s the maximum security deposit amount a landlord can collect?

Arizona landlords can request a security deposit of up to one and a half months, ensuring protection against potential damages or rent defaults.

Is a separate pet deposit permissible?

Arizona permits a separate pet deposit. However, when combined with the rental security deposit, the total shouldn’t surpass one and a half months’ rent. Importantly, service animals are exceptions, and individuals with disabilities using service animals aren’t obligated to pay an additional deposit.

How should landlords handle the security deposit?

Landlords in Arizona aren’t mandated to place security deposits in a distinct account.

Do landlords need to disclose where the deposit is held?

No, Arizona landlords aren’t compelled to inform tenants about the location of the security deposit.

Do landlords have to inform tenants about the deposit’s interest rate?

In Arizona, landlords aren’t required to reveal any interest earned on the security deposits to tenants.

What deductions can landlords make from the security deposit?

Arizona landlords can withhold from the security deposit for unpaid rent, damages surpassing normal wear and tear, and specific charges outlined in the lease. The deposit can also cover non-refundable fees if highlighted as such in the rental agreement.

When should landlords return the security deposit post-lease?

Within 14 days after lease termination, Arizona landlords need to refund the remaining security deposit, minus any deductions, alongside a detailed deductions list. This period starts once the lease ends.

The deposit can be retained if a tenant leaves without a week’s notice and doesn’t pay rent for ten days. Landlords must mail an abandonment notice and post it at the rental unit. If tenants don’t respond within five days, landlords can reclaim the property and the deposit.

What are the penalties for not returning the security deposit timely?

If Arizona landlords don’t detail damages and repair expenses within 14 days post-lease termination, they might owe up to double the security deposit amount.

How can landlords claim security deposit funds?

To withhold any security deposit in Arizona, landlords must dispatch an itemized statement to the departing tenant explaining the precise deduction reasons.

Can tenants use the security deposit for the last month’s rent?

Under the Arizona security deposit law, while tenants can suggest applying the deposit towards their final month’s rent, landlords aren’t obliged to agree. If they do, a written agreement is essential.

Conclusion

Arizona security deposit law provides transparent guidelines for rental properties. Landlords in Arizona must meticulously document property damages to furnish tenants with a deductions list at the lease end if needed.

Disclaimer

While Qira strives for up-to-date accuracy, the provided content is for information and shouldn’t replace legal advice. Always consult relevant government sources for potential law changes or updates.

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Kasee Godwin

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Kasee is the Director of Marketing for Qira. She has nearly 15 years of experience in the real estate marketing industry, including 10 years on the client side. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction, exploring new wineries, and fostering Golden Retrievers.

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