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Landlord Litigation

If you're a landlord and you need to sue a tenant to recover damages, or your tenant sues you, we can represent you in the litigation. In addition to eviction lawsuits, there are three common types of litigation matters we regularly handle for Arizona landlords.


Damage to Property

If a tenant damages your property beyond normal wear and tear, you have a claim against them for your damages. These cases range from situations where tenants have intentionally inflicted substantial damage as retaliation to situations where tenants destroy carpet by failing to control their pets. For More Information.


Breach of Contract

If your tenant fails to perform as required by the lease, you can sue the tenant to recover your damages. We regularly handle breach of contract claims for Arizona landlords against former tenants. For More Information.


Personal Guaranty

We regularly represent commercial landlords seeking enforcement of personal guarantees associated with commercial leases. For More Information.

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Arizona Residential Landlord Services

This website is primarily for people who own and rent Arizona real property.  We provide a wide range of legal services for Arizona residential  and commercial landlords.  We can prepare and serve any kind of landlord tenant notice, we prosecute eviction cases for Arizona landlords and we represent landlords in lawsuits to recover damages caused by their tenants whether the damage is the result of a breach of contract or damage to the property.   If your tenant files bankruptcy, we can represent you in Federal Bankruptcy Court to get relief from the automatic stay and recover possession of your property.

We also offer landlord-friendly form and custom Arizona Residential Leases that are tailored to the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.   Don’t rely on form leases from national websites or retail stores.   If you’re an Arizona landlord you need our Arizona leases designed to protect you and your property.

Sometimes you just need some legal advice to deal with a particular landlord/tenant question.  We offer phone and office consultations.  And at the back-end of the eviction process, after you get a money judgment, we can handle wage garnishments and other post-judgment remedies to help you get your money.

Arizona Short Courses for Landlords

Being a successful residential landlord in Arizona is a lot easier of you have the right legal tools. Our Short Courses for Arizona Residential Landlords© give you the tools  you need.

The Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act lays down a host of legal requirements for residential landlords.  Know exactly what you can do with security deposits.  Learn everything you need to know about landlord access to the property and how to avoid potential liability to your tenant for abuse of access.  Don’t lose money by running afoul of Arizona’s partial rent payment law.  Know exactly what to do if you suspect your tenant has abandoned the property.

What’s Included

Each Short Course includes not only an easy to understand explanation of the law, but each course also comes with all the related legal forms you need to work with your tenant.  For example, the Short Course on partial payments comes with a partial payment agreement form that will allow you to accept partial payments and still preserve your right to evict and collect all the unpaid money your tenant owes.

Residential Landlord Forms Superpack

Our Arizona Residential Landlord Superpack contains all of our Short Courses and forms, plus ten other legal forms no Arizona landlord should do without.  The Superpack also includes our standard Arizona landlord-friendly lease.  Follow this link to get your Landlord Superpack.


 

Arizona Landlord Tenant Law Website Contents

 Arizona Evictions

  • Tenant Notices – All Arizona evictions must start with a legally acceptable notice served on your tenant using one of the methods set out in the law.  This article explains how to provide legally effective notice to your tenants.
  • Justice Court Evictions – Most Arizona residential evictions are done in Justice Courts.  We explain Arizona Justice Court evictions. 
  • Superior Court Evictions – Arizona law requires that certain types of evictions must be filed in Superior Court.  We explain the types of eviction cases that must be filed in the higher court.
  • Immediate Evictions – If your tenant is involved in criminal activity on your property or threatens the health and safety of other people around your property, under Arizona law it may be possible to get your tenant out within a matter of days.  
  • Writ of Restitution – What if your tenant won’t leave even after you get an eviction judgment?  You need a writ of restitution issued by the court.  The writ empowers a peace office to remove your tenant from the property.  
  • Real Estate Repossession Service – Arizona law sets out a specific procedure for a landlord to follow when they recover possession through a writ of restitution.  We guide you through that process. 
  • Arizona Commercial Eviction  – We prosecute evictions for Arizona commercial landlords.  The law applicable to Arizona commercial evictions is completely different from the law applicable to residential evictions.  

Arizona Landlord Tools

 Arizona Leases

  • Arizona Residential Form Lease – Landlord friendly Arizona residential lease form.  Don’t rely on a generic residential lease.  Ours is designed for Arizona landlords, tailored to the Arizona Residential Landlord Tenant Act.
  • Custom Arizona Residential Lease – In some cases a form lease won’t adequately address unique requirements of your property or your business model.  If that is the case, you should have a custom lease drafted to manage risks and protect you and your property.
  • Arizona Commercial Lease – Arizona commercial landlord tenant law is sparse.  Your lease contract is probably your most important risk management tool.  Make sure  you have a good one.

Landlord Lawsuits

  • Breach of Contract – What can you do if your tenant abandons your property before the end of the lease?  If your tenant breaches the lease and that breach costs you money, you can sue the tenant to recover your damages.
  • Tenant Damage to the Property – If your tenant “trashes the place” you can sue the tenant to recover  your damages.  But, make sure you’re not trying to squeeze blood out of a turnip before you begin.
  • Personal Guaranty – Guarantees are common in commercial transactions but you can also see them in residential rentals.  Parents will sometimes guaranty rent payments for their children.  If the tenant breaches the lease, you have a claim against the guarantor for the unpaid rent.
  • Tenant Bankruptcy – If your tenant stops paying rent and declares bankruptcy, you can’t evict the tenant unless you get permission from the bankruptcy court.  Learn how to work around this roadblock.

 Arizona Judgment Collection

  • Skip Tracing – You can’t collect on a judgment if you can’t find your judgment debtor.  Sometimes finding the debtor is relatively easy.  Other times it can be expensive to find a debtor.  You should do a cost/benefit analysis in every case.
  • Wage Garnishment – Often the most effective way to collect an eviction judgment.  Only works if the tenant is working and you know the name of the employer.  A wage garnishment collects your judgment over time.
  • Third-party Garnishment – If you know that some person, or business, has property of your debtor in their possession, you can use a writ of garnishment to get that property.  The most common type of third-party garnishment is a bank garnishment.  If you know where your judgment debtor banks, it may be possible to get the money in his account from the bank.
  • Debtor’s Examination – Don’t know where your judgment debtor works?  Don’t know where they bank?  You can use a debtor’s examination to learn those facts and more.  A debtor can be ordered to appear in court to answer questions under oath about their financial affairs.
  • Domestication of Foreign Judgment – If  you have a judgment from another state, you can’t begin to use Arizona civil remedies with an Arizona resident until you “domesticate” the out-of-state judgment in Arizona.