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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: Can an HOA garnish wages, if they refuse to receive mail?

MY HOA refuse to pick up my mail, which includes my monthly dues. This has been going on for 4 months now. All mail was sent certified return receipt. There was an ADRE case on HOA refusing to pick up mail, and who is liable. I am awaiting response.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 22, 2020

You should not be using certified mail unless the HOA Rules require it. The HOA has no obligation to be available all the times to sign a receipt to the mailman. Send all checks regular mail or hand deliver them, and when they cash them, you will have a bank record of some type. You knew you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: I'm in a home rental which expires end of Jan2021. i was informed that homeowners getting divorced, can i keep lease

I'm in a home rental which expires end of Jan2021. i was informed that the homeowners getting divorced, can i keep lease? Or can they terminate my lease? I have never missed a payment, i pay 2 weeks early and never had any complaints or issues. I want to stay... Do the homeowners have to honor... Read more »

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Jun 15, 2020

The homeowners' divorce does not impair your rights under the lease and is not, by itself, grounds for lease termination. So long as you pay your rent, you should be allowed to complete your lease term unless your lease contains provisions that would allow the owners to terminate early.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Arizona on
Q: Apartment switched property management companies after my lease ended... which one do I sue?

I'm filing a small claim against my previous apartment complex to get my unreturned security deposit.

The complex employed a new property management company AFTER I moved out.

Do I sue the property management company that was used when I signed the original lease or the new... Read more »

Mr Frankie Adamo Esq
Mr Frankie Adamo Esq answered on Jun 11, 2020

Generally, in landlord/tenant cases, you sue the landlord (or property owner) - not the property management company or property manager. The property manager typically is not the property owner and merely the landlord's agent who at all times is acting on behalf of the landlord. If the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: I bought my home with a friend we are both legally the owners of the home. He does not live in this house anymore

I’m just looking for any further legal information that I could be aware of. So that he knows what’s in state for him and also for me of course.He has not paid the mortgage for about a year since he moved out he does not pay electric bills water bills or even any other home repairs that were... Read more »

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Apr 20, 2020

You and your friend remain partners in this home. He may continue to participate in any appreciation in value along with you. You can terminate the partnership by buying him out. You may need to refinance to do this. Or you can sell the home and divide the proceeds in a way fair to both of you.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: Am I able to evict my fiance's adult daughter?

She had no place to go after her lease was up back in charlotte NC. My fiance and I let her move in with us in Buckeye Arizona. She was told the rules in the household including: getting a job, coming home at a decent hour if she went out, assist in household chores, and pay for room and board... Read more »

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Apr 20, 2020

Are you the owner of this home? Will you have your husband's support? If so, you and your husband can evict your husband's daughter. Governor Ducey has issued an Executive Order placing a temporary stay on residential evictions. If your circumstances are covered by this order, your... Read more »

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Q: Broke lease due to Job loss. Rent was current and prepaid 1m security dep. Owner listed for $225 higher. Unreasonable?

Was only 5m into 12m lease. Explained job loss (COVID). Landlord was understanding. Paid full rent ($1875) on the first, and was out on the 8th. Had also paid a full month of rent as security deposit and $500 in non-refundable cleaning fees. Was hoping landlord could get re-rented within the 7... Read more »

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Apr 14, 2020

I recommend that you consult with a real estate attorney if your landlord makes a claim against you for additional rent. Your landlord must mitigate its damages under Arizona law and the reasonableness of the landlords attempt to re-rent is a fact issue for the judge to decide should a claim be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: I moved in with my BF 4 yrs ago. His mom owned the house and didn't charge rent. She died and his step

His stepdad has Alzheimer's. He moved out and wants me to pay him rent. He sleeps here more than not. Can he evict me? In AZ

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Oct 30, 2019

If your BF has inherited the home and is the owner or if he is the court appointed personal representative of his late mother's estate, he can evict you.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: How do l find case law on a stair slip and fall onto rocks. The landlord failed clear property from hazardous materials.

The landlord was on notice by the Country club home owners association l find out by asking for rental agreement. A letter was in the file and l assume there is an agreement.

Freddy Saavedra
Freddy Saavedra answered on Oct 5, 2019

Hello, it appears that you are searching for case law to support a claim for premise liability stemming from a slip and fall injury on stairs. I do not know if you will be able to obtain case law specific to the facts of the current situation, but there is existing case law which addresses when a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: Ok so if i live at house on provate propertyand there are broke down or (parts vehicles) out of city limits

I ha e some old vehiclea on my property and i was served a notice to remove them.even if its fenced in and on private property.can they do that

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 26, 2019

Well, can they? They did.

Was it legal?

I haven’t read the reports.

I do not know the locality and therefore I can not know which law applies.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: Can an arizona landlord terminate a lease for renovation purposes?
Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Jul 11, 2019

This is possible. It depends upon the terms of the lease as well as other pertinent facts. I recommend that you review this with a real estate attorney. Once your attorney reviews your lease and knows the facts, he or she will be able to let you know your legal rights and best options.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: What will need to be done to get my two brothers out of mom's house when she passes, or before if needed?

My two brothers have lived with my parents for a number of years now. Dad passed a couple years ago, and mom is in failing health. They both have substance/drug problems, mental issues(?), and have been pampered/enabled their whole lives. Neither is self-sufficient, and would be homeless unless... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 2, 2019

You state that you are "POA / Executor." If by that you mean that you have full POA for your mother and her affairs then you should be able to undertake eviction proceedings against everyone in the house except your mother (sorry, the girlfriend is every bit as much a "resident"... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: What can I do to remove someone that has decided to squat in a vehicle on our property

Lived next door just moved in asked to leave but still there now demanding electric services

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Jun 4, 2019

If you are the property owner you should call the police and have the person removed as a trespasser. If you are a tenant, your landlord should handle by having the trespasser removed. If the police will not or cannot help, I recommend consulting with an attorney. You may need to take legal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: 6. No resident may pet sit for another’s pet. 7. No visiting/temporary pets are permitted How do I fight this?
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 3, 2019

Unless there is some controlling Arizona law overriding this landlord policy you are wasting your time trying to "fight this."

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: Can landlord/employer come into your home and take all your belongings

My landlord /boss and I had a falling out so I decided just to move out.ss I'm moving landlord /boss comes and takes all my property and personal belongings

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Apr 26, 2019

No. This is an invasion of your right to privacy and your rights as a tenant. If you can afford a retainer you should probably hire an attorney. It may be difficult to find an attorney who will take this case on a contingency basis but it is possible. If you have limited income you may qualify for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: In Arizona can I kick a house guest out? I've hear after 3 day the law has to be involved...
Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Jan 15, 2019

You can ask a guest to leave at any time. If the guest refuses, you can have law enforcement assist. This can become complicated if the guest has lived with you for a lengthy period of time or has assisted you with living expenses. Then the "guest" may claim to be a tenant and you may... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: How much notice to vacate my apartment is required when purchasing a home?
Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Oct 12, 2018

You must give the notice required by your lease or rental agreement. If you are on a month to month tenancy, you must give 30 days notice--if you plan to be out by the end of December, you must give your 30 days notice before the end of November.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: Can my sister that I'm living with throw me out on a whim and not give me access to my property?

I have established residency for 3 years.

I have done work to earn my keep. If this is not a landlord tenant issue then how can I legally get my property out of her house?

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Sep 7, 2018

From the information you provided, your rights are governed by the Arizona Residential Landlord Tenant code. Your sister can evict you by giving proper notice. See ARS 33-1375 or ARS 33-1381. She must allow you to pick up your property and has certain duties to you per ARS 33-1370 D,E, F, G H... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: My tenant won't sign amendment to the lease on limiting overnight visitors. Lease is changing over to month-to-month.

She wants no limits to her boyfriend staying over. I live on the property and do want limits, but the original lease was less than specific about it. Can I legally say that since we couldn't come to an agreement on this, that I am giving her 60 days notice? Or should I just give notice with... Read more »

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Aug 15, 2018

If your tenant's lease is coming to an end and the two of you cannot agree to the terms of the new lease, you may give her the appropriate notice called for by your lease to let her know that her tenancy is terminating. You are not required to give her any reason for your decision. If her... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: I live in a mobile home technically owned by my daughter, which she bought from my mom and dad for her and I to live in.

We've been having issues due to her alcohol problem but long story short, her dad, who lives in CA is here trying to get into this place. Our daughter is out of town in Indiana. I do not want him coming in here because the reason I left him was due to abuse. I really need to know if I have to... Read more »

Randi Sirlin
Randi Sirlin answered on Jul 12, 2018

Unfortunately, because of how factual the problem is, I believe you need to consult with an experience attorney who is versed both in the Arizona Landlord Tenant act and family law.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: How to go about getting someone out your house

I was living with a friend of mine for two years he owns the house Im talking about he has no children or imedate family about a year of me residing there we discuss what will happen to the house if anything happens to him he said he would like to make a will up so I can get the house & pass it... Read more »

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Jun 17, 2018

The property owner will need to judicially evict this person. The Arizona Residential Landlord Tenant code describes this procedure. Filing can be done in Justice Court and the Court can usually help with forms. This is an unusual situation and I recommend that you seek the advice of a real... Read more »

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