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Rental registration


Residential rental property is defined as property that is used solely as leased or rented property for residential purposes (A.R.S. § 33-1901). Residential rental property must be registered with the County Assessor according to Arizona law (A.R.S. § 33-1902). The intent of this law is to maintain an accurate record of rental properties so that towns, cities and the county can enforce laws about slums and blight in rental properties.

For properties with a residential property use code and labeled as “Residential Parcel” in the upper right of that parcel’s detail webpage, registration can be done online. Simply search for your parcel through our website and find the page with your property details by clicking on the correct Parcel Number in the results list. Click on the link near the top of the page that says “Register Rental.” This will bring you to a form for you to fill out.

For properties that are listed as commercial (not residential), you must register through our single property printable form.

If you have purchased a property that was used as a rental and are changing its use, please use our Contact Us page found in every webpage header or email our Public Assistance Desk so that we can remove the rental registration from your property.

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 33-1902 any property that is used solely as leased or rented for residential purposes must register certain information related to the property and its ownership with the assessor in the county which the property is located. Registering your property as a rental is a separate process from recording an Affidavit. Please complete the Residential Real Property Registration form on our website or search for your parcel and click "Register Rental."

Registered rentals occupied by a qualified family member as their primary residence per A.R.S § 42-12003 will be classified as a legal class 3, primary residence.

Registered rentals occupied by non-qualified family members will be classified as a legal class 4.2, rental/leased residential.

A qualified family member includes only: (1) a natural or adopted child or descendant of the owner's child; (2) a stepchild of the owner: (3) the owner's parent or an ancestor of the owner's parent; (4) a stepparent of the owner; (5) a child-in-law of the owner or; 6) a natural or adopted sibling of the owner.
A residential rental property owner who does not reside in Arizona must designate a statutory agent who lives in the state of Arizona to accept legal service on his/her behalf. Regardless of where organized; a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, limited partnership, trust or real estate trust, must register the name of the ownership entity as well as a principal within the business entity per A.R.S. § 33-1902 .
No, tax ratio and tax assessment remain the same regardless if you are a legal class 3 or legal class 4.2. However, as a 4.2 you will not be eligible to receive the State Aid Credit on your tax bill which may create an increase in your tax bill.
The Assessor's office maintains the Rental Registry records for all residential properties located within the County. The incorporated municipality in which the property is located has the responsibility of code enforcement. If you believe a property is a rental and the owner has not properly registered the rental activity, you should contact the municipality in which the property is located.

Search for a property by name, parcel number, agent name, street name, or subdivision. Once you've selected the specific parcel in question, look in the upper right of the parcel detail results. If the Parcel Type is "Residential/Rental" then we have the property registered as a rental. If the Parcel Type is merely "Residential" then we do not have a rental registration on file for that parcel.

Property classified as Legal Class 4.1 is not listed as a registered rental but still does not receive the State Aid to Education Tax Credit. An example of a property in Legal Class 4.1 is a secondary home.

If any information in your Rental Registration has changed, such as your mailing address or the contact information for the agent you use if you live outside Arizona, please re-register your parcel with current information.