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The statute of limitations for breach of contract in Arizona is 6 years. That unfortunately means that your landlord can seek to collect unpaid late fees, even if he hasn't tried to collect them earlier. The only exception would be if the landlord had told you that you weren't going to be charged and you relied upon that statement in paying your rent late. Basically, if his not charging you fees reasonably caused you to incur later fees, it's not considered fair for him to collect them. But if he just didn't mention them, he can still collect.
If you are able to pay the past due fees before the court date, the landlord will have to allow you to stay.
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