Rental laws vary considerably from state to state, so much so that certain states favor renters while others clearly favor landlords. And according to analysis from RENTCafé, Arizona is one of the most renter-friendly states in the nation.

• Arizona is one of only 17 states that have markedly renter-friendly legislation, coming in at No. 5.

• Apart from having the right to a 30-day notice for rent increases, Arizona renters can repair minor defects and deduct the costs from their monthly rent.

• The termination notice required for failing to pay rent is only five days. If that sounds harsh, consider the case of Maryland renters: landlords in Maryland can file for eviction immediately, while Arkansas is the only state where tenants can face criminal charges for failure to vacate.