How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Arizona

How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Arizona

Last Updated: April 8, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

In Arizona, in order for the delivery of a lease termination or eviction notice to be legal, certain rules and procedures must be followed. If they are not and the case proceeds to court, the case may be postponed or dismissed by a judge.

Who Can Serve Eviction Notices in Arizona?

In Arizona, landlords can serve eviction notices and lease termination notices themselves. Landlords may choose to hire a sheriff, process server or independent party over eighteen (18) years old to serve an official notice, but they are not required to do so by law.

When Can Eviction Notices Be Served in Arizona?

In Arizona, lease termination and eviction notices can be served immediately on any day of the week and at any time of day.

For a 5 Day Notice To Quit, the eviction notice used for tenants that do not pay rent in full and on time, a landlord can serve notice the day after rent is due. There is no grace period for paying rent in Arizona, rent is late starting the day after it’s due.

An Immediate Notice To Vacate is the eviction notice used for tenants that commit violent crimes on the premises. A landlord may choose to serve this notice on a judicial day to file a special detainer action at the courthouse, but this is not required and the notice may be served on any day.

Acceptable Forms of Service in Arizona

Arizona landlords may deliver an initial written eviction notice by any method which effectively brings the information to the tenant’s attention. The law presumes the following methods are valid:

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. Delivery by registered or certified mail to the tenant’s address of record or (if unknown) last known residence

Mailed notice is considered served when actually received or five days after the date the notice is mailed, whichever is sooner.

Obtaining Proof of Service in Arizona

A landlord can demonstrate proof that a notice was delivered through the following methods:

  • Hand Delivery – by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery
  • Certified or Registered Mail – via return receipt and by completing a Declaration of Service after mailing

Arizona Eviction and Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds
5 Day Notice To Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent
5 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Eviction for a Health/Safety Violation
10 Day Notice of Noncompliance Eviction for Repetitive Conduct
Immediate Notice To Vacate Eviction for Illegal Activity
10 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Eviction for Falsifying Information on Rental Application
10 Day Notice To Vacate Eviction for Falsifying Criminal / Eviction History
10 Day Notice To Terminate Tenancy Ending a Weekly Lease
30 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Monthly / Yearly Lease