Arizona Senate OKs bill barring cities from banning Airbnb

by John Washington on March 9, 2016

A last-minute amendment preempts cities, towns and counties from banning the rentals.

Republican Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills said that amendment turned him against the proposal. He said homeowners should not have to endure with weekend rentals next door that turn into parties.

Debbie Lesko[Republican Sen. Debbie Lesko of Peoria] said the measure reduces bureaucracy for homeowners and makes it easier to collect taxes.

Gov. Doug Ducey has championed the proposal.

There are a number of things that are very wrong about this legislation.

  1. It creates problems for homeowners and residents who have virtually no recourse against transient tenants.
  2. It places burden on the municipalities in the form of calls-for-service to city public safety to police rowdy behavior.
  3. It creates unfair competition for hotels and resorts, which pay a lot of money for business licenses and taxes, and which provide their own policing of guest activities.
  4. It’s a prime example of pre-emption of city ordinances by a state government that continual rails against the “interferance” of the federal government in Arizona state affairs.
  5. It’s an even more egregious example of the power of campaign contributions to crony phonies like Lesko and Ducey. Kavanagh is one of the biggest sellouts in the legislature and I imagine the only reason he’s opposing this is that he’s holding out for a larger donation.

Read more about Scottsdale’s transient rental policy here:

Short-term stay rentals (less than 30 days), such as vacation rentals and Bed & Breakfast boutique hotels, are not allowed in Single-Family Residential districts. City of Scottsdale website. – See more at: http://www.scottsdaletrails.com/2015/01/25/scottsdale-super-bowl-rentals-illegal/#sthash.Gql4URFD.dpuf

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