Arizona Landlord Retaliation Laws

Arizona Landlord Retaliation Laws

Last Updated: February 10, 2023

Tenant Protected Actions
  • Code/Wage-Price Complaints to Gov’t
  • Maintenance Complaints to Landlord
  • Participating in Tenants’ Organization
Landlord Retaliatory Actions
  • Raising Rent
  • Decreasing Services
  • Filing/Threatening Eviction or Lawsuit
Penalties for Retaliation
  • End the Lease
  • Repossess Property
  • Sue for Double Damages

When Is It Illegal for Landlords to Retaliate in Arizona?

Except for good cause like unpaid rent or a lease violation, in Arizona it’s illegal for landlords to retaliate by raising rent, reducing services, or threatening eviction, within six months of the tenant doing one of the following:

  • Reporting code or wage-price violations.
  • Complaining to the landlord about maintenance.
  • Participating in a tenant organization.

What Can Tenants Do in Response in Arizona?

If an Arizona landlord retaliates, the tenant can respond by suing for quiet enjoyment of the property. The tenant might also end the rental agreement. In either case, the tenant can recover attorney fees, plus double the expenses associated with the retaliation (minimum of two months’ rent).