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  • What is the law on returning my rental deposit in the state of Arizona?

    My lease recently ended on a one-year rental in Tucson, AZ. Giving my landlord legal notice, I decided to leave at the end of the lease because the home was in disrepair. In the time I lived there the refrigerator was serviced (leaking), a toilet ...

    Steven’s Answer

    The first step is to send the landlord a written demand for your security deposit. When you get the response, keep the envelope which shows the postmark. Take them to a lawyer.

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  • I have a tenant given me a lot of hard time of paying the rent .I would like to know what I need to do evacuate the house

    he signed a leas for one year .did not pay the rent for one month

    Steven’s Answer

    Serve him with 5-day notice to pay or quit. If he does not, go to Justice Court and file a complaint for a hearing, probably three business days later. After judgment, you obtain a writ of restitution, which the constable will use to oust the tenant.

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  • A former landlord is attempting to collect 500.00 from me after 3 years.

    The former landlord signed off my apt when I moved out without mentioning any discrepancies. I checked all the courts and there are no complaints filed in my name.

    Steven’s Answer

    They have nothing to collect on until there is a judgment.

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  • Can i take legal action against my landlord if so what should i do.

    landlord tried to evict me without eviction notice or 30 days legelly required i informed the police and they told him he couldnt do so then he got an order of protection against me forcing me to leave i have already went to court and fought the o...

    Steven’s Answer

    Perhaps, a claim for abuse of process. But consult with a lawyer.

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  • Can midland send disclosure past the 40 days allowed in AZ?

    I was served dec 28th and answered on dec 30 2014. I sent disclosure in a timely matter, they never did. At pretrail still no disclosure. At trial i ask to reschedule so I could seek legal counsel, then they decided to send disclosure that day, an...

    Steven’s Answer

    You can make a motion to exclude that witness. It sounds like you're in Justice Court. So I'm guessing it won't be granted. But the motion might help to highlight the other side's abuse. You haven't really said enough to warrant a definitive answer. See a lawyer.

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  • I live in an apartment that saplys air conditioning and stove and fridge well the fridge and air conditioning don't work

    What are my opinions about not paying rent for an apartment that saplys stove fridge and air conditioning witch the fridge freezes everything so far I've Ben here since March 7th and I've lost over $510 in food and the air conditioning stoped work...

    Steven’s Answer

    Do not retaliate by withholding rent. That will get you evicted. Re the AC, send a five day written notice saying, if it is not fixed in that time, the lease is terminated. RE the stove and fridge, you can send a ten day notice saying, if it is not fixed in that time, you will do it yourself and deduce from the rent, up to half the rent. I recommend you use a lawyer to make sure you don't screw it up.

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  • I found a 5 day notice to act or quit taped to my door this morning. Is that considered "hand delivered"?

    We had a "pre HUD inspection" on Thursday performed by management. We were "hit" on having the 2nd and 3rd bedroom windows blocked with furniture and or clutter. Management has security "post" notices on tenants' doors during their late evening se...

    Steven’s Answer

    Posting on the door is sufficient, at least for the 5 day notice.

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  • My old rental company took my entire security deposit and are trying to say I now owe $5,120. What can I do?

    I lived in the home for 3 years and we asked to renew the lease in Jan, they didn't get back to me until 30 days before it was up. I had to pay rent there plus 2 months rent and fees for the new place, had to search and move all in a short amount ...

    Steven’s Answer

    Situation must be analyzed by a L-T lawyer. Bring lease, move in inspection list, photos, and written material.

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  • Can I sue my landlord for returning my deposit after the 14 allowed days in the Sate of AZ?

    The itemization they returned was date on the 4/20, which is the 14th buissness day but the envelope wasn't postmarked till the 22nd. Also the actual check was from the 21st. Not only did they return the deposit late but I do not agree w...

    Steven’s Answer

    Yes, as long as you made written demand for the deposit. The statute does not say it must be written, but that is the way most Justice court judges interpret it.

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  • My apartment complex is being sold as of May 1st and my lease is up May 18th. I do not want to renew now, what are my rights?

    My lease is up May 18th and I had planned on transferring to another location through the same company, but was informed I now couldn't because my complex was selling the location I currently live in. They still haven't announced the sale to the r...

    Steven’s Answer

    The new owner steps into the shoes of the old owner, and the lease continues. If you want out, give timely 30 day notice.

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