FACTS:                    

The landlord and tenant entered into a “vacation rental agreement” for four months. The agreement provides that the there are no animals in the property. The landlord believes that there are two dogs in the property in violation of the rental agreement.

ISSUE:                      

Can the landlord enter the property immediately or must she provide the tenant 48 hours’ notice?

ANSWER:                

See discussion.

DISCUSSION:         

Even though the agreement at issue is titled “vacation rental agreement,” the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act applies.  See A.R.S. § 33-1308 Therefore, the landlord must give 48 hours’ notice prior to entering the premises.  See A.R.S. § 33-1343(D).