State of Arizona
House of Representatives
Second Regular Session
HOUSE BILL 2651
amending section 33-1318 and 33-1321, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to the Arizona residential landlord and tenant act.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 33-1318, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
33-1318. Early termination by tenant; domestic violence; sexual assault; requirements; lock replacement; access refusal; treble damages; immunity
A. A tenant may terminate a rental agreement pursuant to this section if the tenant provides to the landlord written notice pursuant to this section that the tenant is the victim of domestic violence as defined in section 13‑3601 or was the victim, in the tenant's dwelling, of sexual assault pursuant to section 13-1406. The tenant's rights and obligations under the rental agreement are terminated and the tenant shall vacate the dwelling and avoid liability for future rent and shall not incur early termination penalties or fees if the tenant provides to the landlord a written notice requesting release from the rental agreement with a mutually agreed on release date within the next thirty days, accompanied by any one of the following:
1. A copy of any protective order issued pursuant to section 13‑3602 to a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. A landlord may also request a receipt or signed statement that the order of protection has been submitted to an authorized officer of a court for service.
2. A copy of a written departmental report from a law enforcement agency that states that the tenant notified the law enforcement agency that the tenant was a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.
B. A landlord may request from the victim the name and address of the person named in an order of protection or a departmental report pursuant to subsection A of this section, in writing, if known by the victim.
tenant may terminate the rental agreement pursuant to this section only if the
actions, events or circumstances that resulted in the tenant being a victim of
domestic violence as defined in section 13‑3601 or sexual assault pursuant to section 13-1406
occurred within the
thirty day thirty-day period
immediately preceding the written notice of termination to the landlord, unless
waived by the landlord.
the tenant terminates the rental agreement as prescribed by this section and if
the tenant is solely or jointly liable on the rental agreement, the tenant is
liable only for rent owed or paid through the date of the lease termination
plus any previous obligations outstanding on that date. The amount due from
the tenant shall be paid to the landlord on or before the date the tenant
vacates the dwelling. If the tenant has prepaid rent that would apply for the
month in which the lease is terminated, the landlord may retain the prepaid rent
and no refund is due to the tenant. If the tenant has paid a
security deposit pursuant to section 33‑1321, the landlord shall not withhold the security
shall not be withheld for the
early termination of the lease if the tenant meets the requirements prescribed
by subsection A of this section, but may be withheld
withhold the security deposit
for payment of damages which that the landlord has suffered by reason of the tenant's
noncompliance with section 33‑1341.
E. A tenant who is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault may require the landlord to install a new lock to the tenant's dwelling if the tenant pays for the cost of installing the new lock. A landlord may comply with this requirement by doing either of the following:
1. Rekeying the lock if the lock is in good working condition.
2. Replacing the entire locking mechanism with a locking mechanism of equal or better quality than the lock being replaced.
F. A landlord who installs a new lock at the tenant's request may retain a copy of the key that opens the new lock. Notwithstanding any provision in the rental agreement, the landlord may refuse to provide a key that opens the new lock to the person named in an order of protection or a departmental report pursuant to subsection A of this section.
G. A landlord shall refuse to provide access to the dwelling to reclaim property to any tenant if the tenant is the person named in an order of protection or a departmental report pursuant to subsection A of this section who has been served with an order of protection naming that tenant as the defendant and the landlord has received a copy of the order of protection, unless a law enforcement officer escorts the tenant into and out of the dwelling.
tenant who terminates a lease pursuant to this section and who is convicted of
falsely filing a departmental report or order
or of protection for domestic
violence or sexual assault is
liable to the landlord for treble damages for premature termination of the
I. A person named in an order of protection or a departmental report pursuant to subsection A of this section who provokes an early lease termination under this section is deemed to have interfered with the residential rental agreement between the landlord and tenant regardless of whether the person named in an order of protection or a departmental report pursuant to subsection A of this section is a party to the rental agreement, and the person named in an order of protection or a departmental report pursuant to subsection A of this section may be civilly liable for all economic losses incurred by a landlord for the domestic violence or sexual assault early lease termination. This civil liability includes unpaid rent, early lease termination fees, costs to repair damage to the premises and any reductions or waivers of rent previously granted to the tenant who was the victim of domestic violence or sexual ASSAULT.
there are multiple tenants who are parties to a rental agreement that has been
terminated under this section, the tenancy for those tenants also terminates.
The tenants who are not the victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, excluding
the person named in an order of protection or a departmental report pursuant to
subsection A of this section that caused the termination of the lease pursuant
to this section, may be released from any financial obligations due under the
previously existing rental agreement and the remaining tenants may be
permitted allowed to enter into a new lease with the landlord if the
tenants meet all current application requirements.
K. An emergency order of protection or a protective order that is issued to a resident of a rental property automatically applies to the entire residential rental property in which the tenant has a rental agreement.
shall not be construed to does not limit a landlord's
right to terminate a lease pursuant to section 33‑1368 against the victim
for actions unrelated to the act of domestic violence or sexual assault.
M. A landlord is not liable for any actions taken in good faith pursuant to this section.
Sec. 2. Section 33-1321, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
33-1321. Security deposits
A. A landlord shall not demand or receive security, however denominated, including, but not limited to, prepaid rent in an amount or value in excess of more than one and one‑half month's rent. This subsection does not prohibit a tenant from voluntarily paying more than one and one‑half month's rent in advance.
B. The purpose of all nonrefundable fees or deposits shall be stated in writing by the landlord. Any fee or deposit not designated as nonrefundable shall be is refundable.
C. With respect to tenants who first occupy the premises or enter into a new written rental agreement after January 1, 1996, upon On move in, a landlord shall furnish the tenant with a signed copy of the lease, a move‑in form for specifying any existing damages to the dwelling unit and written notification to the tenant that the tenant may be present at the move‑out inspection. Upon On request by the tenant, the landlord shall notify the tenant when the landlord's move‑out inspection will occur. If the tenant is being evicted for a material and irreparable breach and the landlord has reasonable cause to fear violence or intimidation on the part of the tenant, the landlord has no obligation to conduct a joint move‑out inspection with the tenant.
D. Upon On termination of the tenancy, property or money held by the landlord as prepaid rent and security may be applied to the payment of all rent, and subject to a landlord's duty to mitigate, all charges as specified in the signed lease agreement, or as provided in this chapter, including the amount of damages which the landlord has suffered by reason of the tenant's noncompliance with section 33‑1341. Within fourteen days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays or other legal holidays, after termination of the tenancy and delivery of possession and demand by the tenant the landlord shall provide the tenant an itemized list of all deductions together with the amount due and payable to the tenant, if any. Unless other arrangements are made in writing by the tenant, the landlord shall mail the itemized list and any amount due, by first class mail, to the tenant's last known place of residence. If the tenant does not dispute the deductions or the amount due and payable to the tenant within sixty days after the itemized list and amount due are mailed as prescribed by this subsection, the amount due to the tenant as set forth in the ITEMIZED list with any amount due is deemed valid and final and any further claims of the tenant are waived.
E. If the landlord fails to comply with subsection D of this section, the tenant may recover the property and money due the tenant together with damages in an amount equal to twice the amount wrongfully withheld.
F. This section does not preclude the landlord or tenant from recovering other damages to which the landlord or tenant may be entitled under this chapter.
G. During the term of tenancy the landlord may use refundable security deposits or other refundable deposits in accordance with any applicable provisions of the property management agreement. At the end of tenancy, all refundable deposits shall be refunded to the tenant pursuant to this section.
H. The holder of the landlord's interest in the premises at the time of the termination of the tenancy is bound by this section.
APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR MAY 16, 2018.
FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 16, 2018.