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Laws Governing the Landlord/Tenant Relationship and Eviction Court Procedures
What Is the ARLTA or the RPEA?

In Arizona, there are a number of different laws that govern the landlord/tenant relationship and eviction court procedures. The Arizona Residential Landlord Tenant Act (ARLTA) is the law that generally governs residential tenancies. You can obtain a free copy of ARLTA by visiting the Arizona Department of Housing website.

Eviction actions are governed by the Rules of Procedure for Eviction Actions (RPEA). The RPEA explains the special rules that apply in eviction cases. You can view the RPEA by visiting the WestLaw website. The information below may be helpful to landlords and tenants but is not a substitute for legal advice.

Arizona Residential Landlord Tenant Act (ARLTA)
Landlord/Tenant Relationship
Landlord’s rights and obligations Tenant’s rights and obligations
Who is covered and who is not (For example, individuals residing in a dorm are not covered) Definition of words (For example, “landlord,” “tenant,” and “good faith”)
Terms in the lease How utilities can be charged
Terms that are prohibited (For example, prohibition on calling the police) Provisions for victims of domestic violence
What kind of notice a landlord can give and how a tenant can fix a breach What type of notice the tenant can give a landlord and how the landlord can fix a breach
How to legally end a month to month lease What happens to the tenant’s property after moving out
Rules of Procedure for Eviction Actions (RPEA)
Eviction Court Procedures
Landlord’s duties when filing an eviction Tenant’s duties when responding to the eviction claim
Either party may hire an attorney to represent them, or can represent themselves What is required to be included in the complaint and summons
How a tenant is served paperwork Filing a counterclaim
How to file a motion Disclosure rules
Specific rules about the eviction hearing Writ of restitution