An Arizona rental/lease application enables landowners to set up an investigation procedure with the purpose of acquiring information on potential tenants interested in leasing the landlord's property. Both Arizona State Law and the Uniform Landlords and Tenants Act apply to this case. This document also provides the landlord with some protection against dissatisfied prospects who claim the system is rigged. Although this is assumed that the procedure is sound and that all parties involved have their rights protected.
Application Fee -The amount allocated for the application fee has no restriction. If the property owner charges an application fee, the fee should be specified on the form as "non-refundable" or "refundable to the applicant." (ARS 33-1321(B)).
Security Deposit - The limit to the advance payment should be equivalent to one and half of a month's lease (ARS 33-1321(A)).
From fees to procedures, Arizona's tenant screening laws govern a wide range of things. Knowing the law can help Arizona landlords choose better tenants.
Among Arizona's tenant screening laws are:
Landlords are allowed to charge an application fee to tenants when they hand in their application
Arizona does not place any restrictions on what a landlord can charge for an application fee
In Arizona, the application fee is non-refundable
Security deposits are paid after a landlord selects a candidate and offers them a lease, so an application fee cannot be included in the deposit. However, a landlord can return the application fee if they so desire.
It is common for landlords who aren't familiar with the law to run a background check on anybody. But if the applicant hasn’t signed a consent form, it won’t be possible, and you won’t find out whether they have been good tenants.
At this time, make sure that the rental application includes a section asking for the applicant's consent. If not, it should be added before the next vacancy.
A rental application should contain the following sections:
Detailed information about the prospective property, including the address and rent
Applicant information (includes name, address, date of birth, SSN, etc).
A current address, including dates entered and dates left, as well as what caused the move, the rental amount, and the landlord's name and contact information
Previous address, including dates of entering and leaving, reasons for moving, rental amount, and landlord's information
Employer, address, phone, name of supervisor, and salary information for current occupation, current position, dates of employment, and previous occupation, position, dates of employment, employer, address, phone, name of supervisor, and salary data for previous occupation, position, dates of employment, employer, address, phone, name of supervisor, and salary data for the previous occupation
Description of other income, including monthly income
Contact information in case of emergency, including name and relationship to applicant, address, and telephone number
Referrals: name, relationship to applicant, address, and phone number
Background information including prior evictions or rent owed after leaving, bankruptcy filings, and previous criminal convictions, including the applicant's willful refusal to pay rent in the previous year
Further information, including how the tenant heard about the prospective property, and a request for additional information that would aid in the evaluation of the application
Names and dates of birth of the proposed occupants
information about pets
The application fee, as well as an authorized signature and dated agreement, must be submitted as well as consent to a credit check and criminal background check.
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