Online Resources For Landlords: A Good Thing
If you own rental property in Tucson, having reliable resources can be the difference between a successful and lucrative rental business and a nightmare. From your team of maintenance and repair contractors to the resources you use when you’re thinking about evicting a tenant, you want to be confident in the resources you’re relying on.
So we’ve pulled together some online resources for your rental property business in Tucson. While we can never guarantee that an online resource is always accurate and always updated, this list is a good place to begin when you’re looking for answers.
The Fair Housing Act
Landlords and rental owners in Tucson are governed by the Fair Housing Act at both the federal, state, and local levels. Here are the fair housing laws you need to be familiar with:
The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion,national origin, familial status or disability.
Although most states add additional classes of people to be protected under fair housing laws, the Arizona Fair Housing Act does not add additional protected classes.
Under Tucson’s Human Relations Ordinance, it is illegal to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, sex, familial status, or marital status.
Arizona Landlord Tenant Act
The Arizona Landlord Tenant Act governs residential rental units and the rights, duties, and obligations of landlords and tenants.
The University of Arizona Law Library is an excellent resource for information on the Act, with useful FAQs on subjects such as security deposits and rights of entry.
Other Useful Resources
There are several organizations at the national, state, and local levels that are available to help landlords comply with the various laws that impact them. The Arizona Multihousing Association offers classes on landlord tenant law, fair housing law, and other topics. In addition, the Association offers forms.
Although it might seem counter-intuitive, it’s often helpful to look at tenant’s rights organizations because they lay out landlord obligations clearly and in plain english. An example is the Tenant’s Rights and Responsibilities Handbook which is available on the Arizona Attorney General’s website.
The quality of your online resources is obviously important. And it can seem like there’s an overwhelming amount of information to digest and stay current on. Always remember that if your rental property business seems like it’s requiring too much maintenance, you can always hire a reliable property management company to help you, for a fee of course.
Do you have any resources that work particularly well for you? Let us know!
*As always, none of the advice here is intended as legal advice, because we’re not licensed attorneys in Arizona. In addition, we cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information on the websites above as information changes, updates, and can become out of date. If you have any questions, consult an attorney.