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Lease Agreements, Contracts & Terminations

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Lease Agreements

Once a unit passes the inspection, a Lease Agreement and a Housing Choice Voucher Contract including the Lease Addendum will be executed.

If there are conflicts between the landlord's lease and the Tenancy Addendum, the Tenancy Addendum will prevail. A proposed copy of the lease agreement will need to be submitted with the Request for Lease Approval so the Housing Authority, can review and approve it.

The Lease Agreement is between the landlord and tenant and must contain:

  • the names of authorized occupants in the unit;
  • the amount of total monthly rent;
  • the amount of housing assistance payment paid by the Tempe Housing Services;
  • the amount of rent paid by the assisted family;
  • the amount of security deposit paid by the family;
  • the utility services and appliances to be paid or furnished by landlord or tenant;
  • the responsibilities of the landlord;
  • the responsibilities of the tenant


The Housing Choice Voucher Contract is between the landlord and the Tempe Housing Services. It contains:

  • the name of the family to be assisted;
  • the address of the approved unit;
  • the amount of Contract Rent; the amount of housing assistance to be paid by the Tempe Housing Services;
  • the landlord's rights and responsibilities; the Housing Authority's rights and responsibilities.
If the lease and unit are satisfactory, the Housing Services will enter into a Contract with the owner, and the tenant will sign a lease agreement with the owner.


Even though the term of the assisted tenancy is indefinite, the Lease and Contract can still be terminated by:

The landlord, for cause, in accordance with the Lease (lease violation, violation of law or acts of malfeasance or nonfeasance or other good cause)
Mutual written agreement between the landlord and tenant.
The tenant with not less than 30 days but not more than 60 days written notice.

NOTE:  Effective July 1, 2002, State law requires anyone who owns residential rental property in Arizona to register with the County Assessor’s office in the county where the rental property is located. A person who fails to comply shall be assessed a civil penalty of one thousand dollars, plus an additional one hundred dollars fore each month after the date of the original violation until compliance occurs. For more information about this requirement, contact the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office at (602) 506-3406 or at