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Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

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Question: What is considered "reasonable heating and cooling"? ie. if the heater breaks in the winter, what temperature is considered a point that a unit must be repaired immediately? Also, in the summer, if the AC unit malfunctions, at what temp. is it considered an emergency to fix the unit?


The ARIZONA RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD/TENANT ACT, beginning at A.R.S. § 33-1301 states landlord/tenant obligations. A.R.S. § 33-1324(6) requires a landlord to “Supply . . . reasonable heat and reasonable air-conditioning or cooling where such units are installed and offered when required by seasonal weather conditions, except where the building that includes the dwelling unit is not required by law to be equipped for that purpose or the dwelling unit is so constructed that heat, air-conditioning, cooling or hot water is generated by an installation within the exclusive control of the tenant and supplied by a direct public utility connection." A.R.S. § 33-1324(2) requires the landlord to “[m]ake all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition.”
Other already answered QUESTIONS may provide additional guidance. Note the date of when posted questions were answered as laws can frequently change. For additional information on related statutes and LANDLORD AND TENANT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES ARTICLE.
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February 04, 2011