AZ Central:  When the Legislature passed a law in 2010 attempting to forbid cities from collecting delinquent water bills from landlords with four or fewer rental units, several cities found ways to still hold landlords accountable. 

Those cities were Glendale, El Mirage and Avondale.

So the Arizona Association of Realtors, the lobbyists behind the bill, went back to the Legislature in the past session and got House Bill 2193 passed.

Tom Farley, CEO and lobbyist for the Realtors association, said the new legislation, which mostly holds whoever lives on the property responsible for water bills, was necessary because some cities did “an end run” around the 2010 legislation.