After Domestic ViolenceIncident What is Tenant Lease Liability

A couple signed a one-year lease to rent a Scottsdale condominium. They moved in together about 3 months ago. Recently the boyfriend beat up the woman quite badly, and the police had to be called. The woman obviously no longer wants to live with him. However, they have nine months remaining on the lease, and the woman does not want to have to make lease payments on the Scottsdale condominium plus payments on a new apartment. According to Arizona landlord tenant law, will the former girlfriend be required to pay the remaining nine months of the lease on the Scottsdale condominium? Also, she paid $500 of the $1,000 security deposit. Will she be entitled to the return of her $500 portion of the $1,000 security deposit?

If the woman who was assaulted furnishes the landlord a copy of the police report, plus a notice requesting termination of the lease within thirty days, she should be able to avoid paying any rent after this time period. A.R.S. §33-1318. In addition, if the Scottsdale condominium is in good condition at the time your she terminates the lease, she should be able to get a refund of her $500 portion of the $1,000 security deposit.

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