Arizona state law (Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 33-1381) prohibits landlords from retaliating against tenants.
It is illegal for a landlord to retaliate against a tenant in Arizona who has exercised a legal right, including:
The kinds of retaliatory acts covered by Arizona law include terminating a tenancy or filing an eviction lawsuit; increasing the rent; or decreasing services, such as locking the laundry room. Arizona state law presumes retaliation if the landlord acts in these types of negative ways within six months of the date that a tenant has exercised a legal right, such as complaining to the landlord about an unsafe heater in the apartment.
For advice on how to respond to—and prove—retaliation, see the article Landlord Retaliation.
For an overview of tenant rights under Arizona landlord-tenant law, and resources for filing complaints, see http://www.azag.gov/civil_rights/TenantRightsResponsibilities.pdf.
For state law on landlord retaliation, see Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §â