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Arizona Bedbug Control Obligations

The Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act outlines the following responsibilities for landlords and tenants concerning bedbugs in residential rental property:

Landlord Obligations

A landlord has the following obligations with respect to a bedbug infestation:

The landlord shall provide bedbug educational materials to existing and new tenants.  Educational materials may include:

  • A description of measures that may be taken to prevent and control bedbugs.
  • Information about bedbugs, including a description of their appearance.
  • A description of behaviors that are risk factors for attracting bedbugs such as purchasing renovated mattresses, using discarded mattresses and furniture, using used or leased furniture, purchasing pre-owned clothing and traveling without proper precautions.
  • Information provided by the United States centers for disease control and prevention and other federal, state or local health agencies.
  • Information provided by federal, state or local housing agencies.
  • Information provided by nonprofit housing organizations.
  • Information developed by the landlord.

The landlord shall not enter into any lease agreement with a tenant for a dwelling unit that the landlord knows to have a current bedbug infestation.

Tenant Obligations

A tenant has the following obligations with respect to a bedbug infestation:

  • The tenant shall not knowingly move materials into a dwelling unit that are infested with bedbugs.
  • A tenant who knows of the presence of bedbugs shall provide the landlord written or electronic notification of the presence of bedbugs.

Note: The landlord and tenant of a single family residence are excluded from the provisions of this section.

No Cause of Action

Except as specifically provided in this section, this section does not create a cause of action against:

  • A landlord or a landlord’s employees, officers, agents and directors by a tenant or a tenant’s guests for any damages caused by bedbugs.
  • A tenant by a landlord for any damages caused by bedbugs.

Definitions

For the purposes of this section:

  • “Bedbugs” means any insect in the genus cimex and its eggs.
  • “Infestation” or “infested” means that the presence of bedbugs is sufficient to materially affect the health and safety of tenants and their guests.

Article 01. Section 33-1319.

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