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My tenant is two months behind in his rent and he called me

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My tenant is two months behind in his rent and he called me this morning to tell me the A/C isn't working.
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: AZ
JA: Has any paperwork been filed?
Customer: No
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Not that I can think of. Thanks.
Submitted: 6 days ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Customer: replied 6 days ago.
Can I ask the tenant to pay for the repairs?
Expert:  Roger replied 6 days ago.

Hi - my name is ***** ***** I'll be glad to assist.

It is possible that if you refuse to make the repairs, the tenant can pay the cost of repair and take it off of the rent that is due. Here's a good link you can read: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/arizona-tenant-rights-withhold-rent-repair-deduct.html

The above link also has a link to the laws on this issue about midway down the page.

Expert:  Roger replied 6 days ago.

However, it would be best if you can reach an agreement with the landlord to do this and put it in writing to protect both of you.

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