An Arizona Rental Application is a document used for requesting detailed information from prospective renters. Property management companies and landlords can use the filled-out application to screen tenants before entering a lease agreement.
Below you can find vital information about application fees, pet deposits, security deposits, and conducting eviction record searches, all in accordance with the Arizona State Law and the Uniform Landlords and Tenants Act.
Arizona has no maximum rental application fees. However, you should only charge rental application fees that are reasonable and close to the cost of running background checks, generally about $30 to $40 per application.
Regardless of the amount, for the application fee to remain non-refundable, it must have “non-refundable” added in writing. According to Arizona Law (ARS 33-1321(B)), the applicant is entitled to a refund if the mention is not included in the document.
While landlords cannot charge more than one and one-half month’s rent for a security deposit in Arizona, tenants can pay more than that in advance. Arizona security deposits are refundable unless bound by deductions.
Landlords and property management companies in Arizona can charge tenants pet deposits to cover potential damages to the property that these might cause. Pet deposits are typically marked as non-refundable.
Anything that isn’t covered by pet deposits can be deducted from the security deposits.
How To Conduct an Eviction Record Search
Tenants tend to have patterns of behavior. They are probably not ideal tenants if they have received more than one eviction notice. Remember, eviction only happens in severe cases — for example, if a tenant repeatedly refuses to pay rent or damages their landlord’s property.
That’s why you should always conduct eviction record searches in Arizona when vetting potential tenants. To conduct an eviction record search in Arizona:
- Go to Arizona Supreme Court Case Search.
- Type in the prospective renter’s name and date of birth.
- Pick the appropriate civil case to review eviction records.
Other Landlord Resources
Arizona landlords should be aware of additional resources to help them ensure their rental applications comply with state and federal laws:
Below is an example of a standard Arizona rental application form.