Renting as a College Student Who is New to Arizona
If you’re new to Arizona, it is important to know that the basic laws of the state, but especially when you are a college student who is making a new area your home. As a college student, you are not only a member of the university you are attending but a member of the community your university is a part of. Throughout your college years, it is more than likely that you will call multiple places your home and move from place to place as you pursue your degree. During this process, it is beneficial to understand that basic rental agreement as you choose where you would like to live in Flagstaff. Understanding the basics of landlord-tenant agreements will minimize the stresses of moving and interacting with a new landlord to make your rental experience as amicable as possible.
The Basics of Arizona Landlord Tenant Agreement include, but are not limited to:
- Collecting rent: There is no statute of limitations on collecting rent that is due in the state of Arizona.
- Security deposit: Under Arizona state law, a landlord can charge no more than one-and-a-half months rent for the security deposit, which must be returned within two weeks of the tenant moving out of the property.
- Non-refundable fee: Landlords must reveal within the lease agreement anyone who can act on the landlord’s behalf and the purpose of any non-refundable fees.
- Eviction: A landlord has the power to evict a tenant with a 10-day notice if it is discovered the tenant lied or misrepresented information about their criminal history or violated the lease. The landlord can evict a tenant immediately if the tenant has a record of violent crime, drug charges, or threatening harm to others.
- The statute of limitations: There is a two-year time limit under Arizona’s civil statute of limitations for personal injuries. The limit is one year for libel/slander.
As a student renter, you have a variety of responsibilities, including being respectful of and caring for the space you are living in. Our team at Winborne Law is always ready to assist students and new residents with their rental choices and, if legal assistance is necessary, we will support and respect your needs as our client. Whether you are a freshman who has just moved away from home or a graduate student who has rented in the past, you should know Arizona’s standards for rental agreements and understand your rights as a tenant as you make the choice to create a home in your college community.