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Question: Can a landlord have my water turned off because of late rent?
Answer: No. Under Arizona law, a landlord may not cut off a tenant’s access to utilities until after a judge has ordered the tenant’s eviction and subsequently issued a writ of restitution (A.R.S. 33-1368(D)). In fact, if a landlord cuts off a tenant’s access to utilities before a judge has issued a writ of restitution, then tenant may not only recover possession of the dwelling or terminate the rental agreement without penalty, but also, in either case, be awarded an amount equal to two months’ rent or twice any actual damages sustained by the tenant, whichever is greater (A.R.S. 33-1367).
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