Scottsdale Begins Tracking Down 1,000 Short-Term Rental Owners

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Scottsdale’s new Short-Term Rental Working Group is halfway through its six planned meetings, with information and work already flowing from the municipal committee. During the past three weeks, two city employees have identified 1,000 short-term rental locations in violation of contact or transaction privilege tax licensing requirements. The working …

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Short-Term Rental Senate Bill Dies in Arizona House

By Howard Fischer | Daily Independent State lawmakers quashed the last remaining measure to rein in short-term vacation rentals on April 1, concluding that it did so little as to not be worth the effort. Senate Bill 1379 would have allowed communities to impose fines on owners who fail to provide information for police and …

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Short-Term Rental Platforms Support New Arizona Bill

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent A new bill addressing short-term rental properties has garnered support from the two dominant rental platforms — but not the full support of Paradise Valley’s mayor — as it takes initial steps through the Arizona Legislature. “We and other municipalities registered in opposition to this bill primarily because there …

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Mayor-Elect Ortega: Scottsdale ‘Shattered’ by Short-Term Rentals

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Days have gone by since more than 30 Arizona mayors signed a letter urging short-term rental platform CEOs to end lobbying efforts against legislation change — a move that gained no more than crickets in response. Paradise Valley Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner, one of 33 officials to sign on to …

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Arizona Mayors Band Together in Fight Against Short-Term Rentals

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Thirty of Arizona’s mayors banded together in an effort to confront Airbnb and Expedia CEOs about the short-term rental homes they believe are tearing their communities apart. Paradise Valley Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner and Scottsdale Mayor-elect Dave Ortega were among the group. The move illustrates the growing frustration felt across …

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Short-Term Rental Opponents Fear Home Value Losses

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent The longer short-term rentals remain free to exist mostly unregulated by local government, home values within Scottsdale neighborhoods are feeling the impacts, residents, Realtors and elected officials agree — but it’s unclear how exactly they’re being impacted. Pinpointing exactly how much Scottsdale home values have suffered since short-term rentals …

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Short-term Vacation Rental Owners Required to Provide Contact Info

By Jan Horne, Scottsdale Update The Scottsdale City Council recently adopted an ordinance amendment to an existing code that requires owners of short-term or vacation rentals to provide the city with emergency and complaint contact information including names, email addresses and phone numbers. Starting (Oct. 24, 2019), those not submitting the information may be cited …

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New AZ Legislation Stops Municipalities From Banning Short-Term/Vacation Rental

On May 13, 2016, Governor Doug Ducey signed into law SB 1350, which prohibits municipalities from banning the listing and use of short-term rentals. 1 Prior to SB 1350, short-term rentals were essentially “flying under the radar” in most areas of the Valley, including Scottsdale, which prohibited less than 30 day rentals. Despite city ordinances, …

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