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FACTS:                    

The residential lease document for a one-year term was purchased at a stationery store.  When the tenant moved out of the home at the end of the one-year lease, the tenant gave no notice.  The home is now vacant.  The landlord is upset that the landlord had no notice that the tenant was moving out. 

ISSUE:                      

Is a tenant required to furnish notice that the tenant will move out at the termination of the lease? 

ANSWER:                

See discussion. 

DISCUSSION:         

There is no requirement under the Arizona Residential Landlord Tenant Act that a tenant furnish notice that the tenant will vacate the rental property at the end of the lease term. Many lease agreements, however, do specifically provide for notice from the tenant prior to the termination of the lease.  In the absence of such a provision in the lease agreement, a tenant is not required to give notice that the lease is terminated, and the tenant will vacate the rental property upon the end of the lease term. 

Note: The AAR Residential Lease Agreement lines 20-25, provides for automatic renewal of the lease on a month-to-month basis unless notice to terminate the lease is given “on or prior to last rental due date of the original term.”