Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

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Question: Can a landlord use your deposit to replace wear and tear?

Answer: Under Arizona law, a tenant is required to maintain a rented dwelling “in as good condition as when he took possession, ordinary wear and tear excepted” (A.R.S. 33-321). This means that any damage to a rented dwelling caused by “ordinary wear and tear” is the responsibility of the landlord, rather than the tenant, and therefore the cost of repairs may not be deducted by the landlord from a tenant’s refundable security deposit (A.R.S. 33-3121(D)).

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