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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on May 6, 2015

Although the type of harassment can come in many different forms, landlord harassment is the intentional creation of conditions that are uncomfortable for the tenants in order to force them out of a rental contract. Landlords often do this because it avoids the potential problems and legal expenses of having to evict someone. Your landlord—or anyone acting for your landlord—can’t harass you out of your home. Landlord harassment carries specific legal penalties.
There are many different types of landlord harassment. Here are the more common ones:

  • Withholding maintenance on the property, such as garbage collection, landscaping, or repair of broken fixtures
  • Verbal and written complaints, imagined or exaggerated, of tenant’s supposed improper conduct
  • Deliberate defacing of the rented facilities or the property of the tenant
  • Creating a nuisance for the tenant
  • Intimidation and threats of physical or financial injury directed at the tenant
  • Physical assault or other direct criminal activity directed against the tenant
  • Attempt to enter apartment or housing without cause, or without emergency need to check on premises or on tenant activity
  • Claiming emergency when no emergency exists to enter apartment, housing, dwelling etc., without proper notice.
  • Not letting tenant peace on property via repeated attempts to enter dwelling.

In general, landlords have the right to enter their property in order to inspect and make repairs, but only in the case of an actual emergency can the landlord enter without notice or consent of the tenant. If there is no emergency, the law in Arizona states that the landlord must give at least two days’ notice of intent to enter, and they may only show up at reasonable times.

If your landlord violates these rules, or harasses you in other ways, you may terminate the rental agreement and/or obtain an injunction, or a court order to prevent the harassment. In some cases, you may be able to recover monetary damages.

Know your rights. The laws can be confusing and often favor property owners. Make sure that all your communications with the landlord are in writing, and that you keep an activity log of everything that happens with them. If you are dealing with an unruly landlord, talk to a legal professional who is familiar with the Arizona Residential Landlord Tenant Act who can help you protect yourself and your belongings.