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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Dec 28, 2016

Knowing your rights as a tenant can help in any landlord disputes you may have. They can also help you be the best possible tenant and avoid any possible drama or disagreements.

Communicate with your landlord in writing

All communications with your landlord should be in writing. This is so you can both keep record of everything. If your landlord reaches out verbally kindly ask to continue all communications in writing. If you ever do need to go to court for any reason, you will have written records of everything said between the two parties.

What to do when paying rent

Pay your rent in person or electronically so there’s also proof that your payment was sent. If you use a check it’s a good idea to write the month the rent is for on the memo line. It’s also smart to get a receipt back after making your payment. Never pay rent with cash.

Your landlord’s access to the property

You don’t have to let your landlord onto your property unless sufficient notice has been given. If your landlord continues to come on your property or to bother you, you have the right to call the police. Calling the police will also provide documentation of the harassment. Your landlord can access the property to repair something but must give proper notice beforehand. If your landlord requests to come by at an unreasonable hour you can suggest a different time but create record of this.

Do the right thing as a tenant

In any disputes try communicating with your landlord before taking any extreme measures. Its important to know your rights as a tenant and to keep record of everything if problems ever do result in legal action.