A landlord owes a tenant a "warranty of habitability," meaning providing a clean and livable space. In AZ, per Arizona Rev. Stats. §33.1324 et seq, the landlord has to:
-Comply with the requirements of applicable building codes materially affecting health and safety
-Make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition
-Keep all common areas of the premises in a clean and safe condition
-Maintain in good and safe working order and condition all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and other facilities and appliances, including elevators, supplied or required to be supplied by him
-Provide and maintain appropriate receptacles and conveniences for the removal of ashes, garbage, rubbish and other waste incidental to the occupancy of the dwelling unit and arrange for their removal
-Supply running water and reasonable amounts of hot water at all times, reasonable heat and reasonable air-conditioning or cooling where such units are installed and offered, when required by seasonal weather conditions, except where the building that includes the dwelling unit is not required by law to be equipped for that purpose or the dwelling unit is so constructed that heat, air-conditioning, cooling or hot water is generated by an installation within the exclusive control of the tenant and supplied by a direct public utility connection.
Now if the landlord does not do the above - and let us say that the issues you mention fall under that - the tenant has to:
-send a letter asking that the landlord fix any issues within a 5 day period, and if the landlord does not
-the tenant can either SUE the landlord for the cost, and/or, end the lease without penalty. However, no automatic deduction is allowed.
So the landlord may not be following the law here, but you as tenant have no automatic right to deduct per AZ law. So what someone in your situation wants to do is to sue in small claims court for the cost and/or consider ending the tenancy (which may still demand a visit to small claims if the landlord tries to keep the deposit, claiming you defaulted without a reason).
. Good luck.
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