Arizona  |  Landlord & Tenant Law

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Asked on: 9/22/13, 9:13 pm

I have a question about a home my mom was renting from an out of state owner. My mom passed away and there wasnít a current lease agreement because my mom had lived in this home for several years. I had a lot of packing to do and therefore was staying at the property. I was never on the lease and didnít have any contact with the owner. While trying to pack, get rid of items etc., the City of Phoenix issued me a warning because of the small mess in the front yard. I went to court and they gave me a deadline on when it needed to be cleaned up. Apparently, the inspector came by and wasnít happy with the clean up but I never heard anything about it, until now. This happened about 8 years ago and I just received a notice stating I owe them $5700.00 or else Iím going to get a warrant for my arrest issued and/or have my drivers license suspended. What are my rights and is there anything I can do to avoid going to jail or losing my license? Iím on disability and can barely pay my rent, let alone a $5700.00 bill. I would appreciate any advice

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