This website is for people who own and rent Arizona real property. We are eviction attorneys in the Phoenix metropolitan area. We provide a wide range of legal services for Arizona landlords. We can prepare and serve any kind of tenant notice. We prosecute eviction cases and we represent landlords in lawsuits to recover damages caused by their tenants. 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.
Arizona Eviction Services
- 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 are experienced landlord tenant attorneys.
- 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 Landlord Forms Superpack – All the forms an Arizona Residential Landlord will need.
- Short Course on Arizona Partial Payment Law – Accepting a partial payment from your tenant can bar you from collecting the balance. Learn how to do it right.
- Short Course on Tenant Abandonment – Learn exactly what you need to do when you think your tenant has abandoned your property.
- Short Course on Landlord Access – You can’t go in your property whenever you want. Arizona law limits your access during a tenancy. Don’t violate the law and give your tenant a claim against you for damages.
- Short Course on Arizona Security Deposit Law – Arizona law limits how much you can ask for in security deposits and it is very specific on what you have to do with security deposits after your tenant leaves. We can guide you though the process.
Sometimes you just need a bit of legal advice to deal with a particular question. We offer phone and office consultations.
We have a landlord-friendly standard Arizona Residential Lease tailored to the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Don’t rely on form leases from national websites or retail stores. Get a lease designed for Arizona law.
- 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.
- 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.