Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

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Question: I just moved from another state and my old lanlord has not paid me back my deposit yet. I spoke to hime 2 months ago and he said he would send me my deposit in the mail; I still havent received it and he won't answer or return my call. What am I able to do now that I'm in another state?

Answer: Under Arizona law, your landlord has 14 days after you deliver possession of the premises and make demand to do one of two things:

  • 1) return your security deposit in full; or
  • 2) deliver to you an itemized written notice of the damages or unpaid rent to which the deposit has been applied, along with any remaining amount of the security deposit.  [See, ARS 33-1321(D) ]

If a landlord does not comply with is obligations regarding returning a security deposit, "...the tenant may recover the property and money due the tenant together with damages in an amount equal to twice the amount wrongfully withheld." [See, ARS 33-1321(E) ].

You may want to research the laws of the state where you used to live to see what the landlord/tenant rules are in effect in that state.

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  • I just moved from another state and my old lanlord has not paid me back my deposit yet. I spoke to hime 2 months ago and he said he would send me my deposit in the mail; I still havent received it and he won't answer or return my call. What am I able to do now that I'm in another state?

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