Arizona Immediate Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: April 8, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

An Arizona Immediate Notice To Vacate is a letter that complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for illegal conduct on the premises, such as causing serious property damage. The tenant is not given an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out immediately upon receiving notice.

When To Use an Arizona Immediate Notice To Vacate

An Arizona Immediate Notice To Vacate begins the eviction process for the following tenant violations:

  • Homicide
  • Use or discharge of a firearm or other deadly weapon
  • Engagement in or promotion of prostitution
  • Involvement in criminal street gang activity
  • Causing serious property damage
  • Threatening other persons at the premises
  • Acts that constitute a public nuisance
  • Physically assaulting another person on the premises

Some types of Arizona lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

How To Write an Arizona Immediate Notice To Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the basis upon which the tenancy will terminate
  3. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve an Arizona Immediate Notice To Vacate

Arizona landlords may deliver an Immediate Notice to Vacate on a “judicial day” (a day when the courthouse is open) in order to file an eviction proceeding on the same day, but this isn’t a legal requirement. Delivery may be 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.

In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.