If you are planning on moving to Arizona, and in particular renting when you get there, there has to be a ton of questions floating around in your head. Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place to get some of those worries assuaged. Whether you’ve got your eyes on Tempe, Flagstaff, Phoenix or elsewhere in the state, here’s some information to get your started on your move to Arizona.
Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act
Simple explanations of the act can be found online and it’s highly encouraged you familiarize yourself in what that means for you as a renter. Laid out online, you can find information including what should be done prior to you moving into your new apartment.
The Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act also lays out what the maximum amount that can be charged as a security deposit as well as how much notice must be given if rent is being increased.
This also lays out information for what to do when maintenance is needed, such as major repairs. For example, if the Landlord fails to pay for needed repairs, that cost can be deducted from the next month’s rent.
As with everywhere in the United States, the cost of living depends on both the state you are in, as well as the area within that state. Happy to say that the cost of an apartment, on average, in Arizona is cheaper than it is elsewhere in the United States by around $100 for a comparable apartment elsewhere.
Another thing to mention specifically about cost is that you will see a difference depending on where you are, even with it being a little more affordable than other states. Things that are going to raise or lower the average cost of rent are going to be often determined by its proximity to a major city or tourist destination.
For example, there’s a slight premium on Phoenix and Glendale apartments which isn’t surprising for all the amenities one gets access to by living in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Another city that comes at a premium is Flagstaff because of its proximity to the Grand Canyon.
While at that slight premium greater Phoenix and Flagstaff are both considered great areas to live within the state.
Make Sure It Isn’t A Scam
If something looks fishy in the listing, go with your gut and move on to the next one. If the pictures seem fake or the listing is poorly written, move on and don’t think twice about it. Also, never give any money or personal information upfront. There is no need for either of those when you are still in the looking phase.
Something might be up if the price seems too good to be true. This can get a little tricky if you are new to an area, so make sure to cross reference prices within neighborhoods and see what differences you find from neighborhood to neighborhood.