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Arizona Rental Lease Agreements | Laws

An Arizona lease agreement is constructed for the purposes of establishing a legal rental arrangement between a landlord/owner of residential or commercial property and a tenant. Depending on the type of lease, certain terms and conditions will be set forth that will allow both parties to benefit from the agreement. Having a written lease agreement in place means both parties have specific rights, obligations, and responsibilities they must adhere to or face legal and punitive action. Once a landlord has accepted an individual (or business entity for commercial leases) for tenancy, the parties should look carefully over the agreement to ensure full understanding and approval.

Rental Application – A form used by residential landlords to collect information and perform background checks on applicants in order to find a suitable tenant.


Agreements: By Type (7)

Commercial Lease Agreement – Used to lease commercial space to a tenant for business purposes, such as a hotel, restaurant, retail outlet, or industrial shop.

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College Roommate Agreement – Allows college students to set terms and conditions in regard to sharing a living space during the school term.

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Lease with Option to Purchase (Lease to Own) – Applies to landlords and tenants who agree upon a fixed-term tenancy with the tenant having the ability to buy the property once certain terms and conditions are met.

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Month to Month Lease Agreement – Used to rent residential property to a tenant who agrees to pay rent on a monthly basis with the option to terminate the agreement at any time. Either party can terminate the lease unsolicitedly as long as proper notice is given to the non-terminating party (30 days in accordance with state law).

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Roommate Agreement – A rental contract for establishing rent amount, security deposits, household duties, etc. between two (2) or more roommates living together. This is often a separate agreement from the original lease.

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Standard (1-year) Lease Agreement – A residential lease agreement used to rent property to a tenant in exchange for monthly rent. This is a fixed-term lease and cannot be terminated without proper cause.

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Sublease Agreement – Used by tenants to sublet their residential living space to a subtenant; landlord permission is required.

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Landlord-Tenant Laws


Bedbugs (§ 33-1319) – Bedbug informational materials must be provided to all tenants.

Fees (§ 33-1321(B)) – Any nonrefundable fees or deposits must be disclosed in writing by the landlord; failure to do so implies that the fees/deposits are refundable.

Landlord and Tenant Act (§ 33-1322) – Tenant must be notified in writing that the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act is available on the Arizona DOH website.

Names and Addresses (§ 33-1322)- Tenant must be provided in writing the name(s) and address(es) of the owner(s) of the property and all persons authorized to manage the premises and receives notices and demands.

Move-In Documents (§ 33-1321(C)) – Landlord must provide a copy of the lease, a move-in form, and written notification that the tenant may be present at the move-out inspection on or before the tenant occupies the premises.

Taxes (§ 33-1314(E)) – Landlord may adjust rent amount if a transaction privilege tax is levied on residential rent as long as thirty (30) days written notice is provided to tenant.

Utilities (§ 33-1314.01(B)) – Landlords must disclose in writing if the tenants are on a shared utility meter and must specify the charges in the lease.

Landlord’s Access

General Access (§ 33-1343(D)) – Landlord must give tenants two (2) days notice before entering the premises for a non-emergency reason.

Emergency Access (§ 33-1343(C)) – A landlord may enter the premises without notice in case of an emergency.


Grace Period – Not mentioned in state statutes.

Maximum Fees ($) – Not mentioned in state statutes.

Rent Increase Notice – Not mentioned in state statutes.

Security Deposits

Maximum Amount ($) (§ 33-1321(A)) – Maximum security deposit amount that can be charged to a tenant is the equivalent of one and a half (1.5) month’s rent.

Returning to Tenant (§ 33-1321(D)) – Landlord has fourteen (14) business days to return the security deposit to a tenant.

Interest Required? – Not mentioned in state statutes.

Separate Bank Account? – Not mentioned in state statutes.