Arizona’s disastrous attempt at regulation of short-term rentals

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   What can homeowners do about short-term rental homes causing nuisances in their neighborhoods? In Arizona, not much. Short-term rentals are a hot trend in Arizona and across the U.S. Believe it or not, taking on lodgers for vacation rentals or special events is no longer limited to condominiums. Owners of single family homes have discovered a healthy market for families and larger groups of people willing to pay Continue ReadingArizona’s disastrous attempt at regulation of short-term rentals

States enact new laws regulating short-term vacation rentals (AZ, MA, WA – 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities City and town governments have been regulating short-term and vacation rentals for several years, especially with the growing popularity of online rental platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO, and others. The battle over short-term rentals is controversial, often pitting neighborhood residents against owners and investors who earn substantial profit sharing their home. Local regulation typically results in inconsistent, piecemeal regulations from town to town. Not wanting to miss out Continue ReadingStates enact new laws regulating short-term vacation rentals (AZ, MA, WA – 2019)

The short-term rental controversy in homeowner, condo associations

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   For several years, association-governed communities have been struggling with internal conflict over a controversial issue: what to do about short-term rentals? Should short-term rentals be allowed or not? If so, under what conditions? Is it possible to make rules and restrictions that are fair to all members? Can those rules be enforced? The clash of viewpoints on the issue of short-term rentals is closely related to the core Continue ReadingThe short-term rental controversy in homeowner, condo associations

Homeowners say Airbnb ruined Sedona Arizona

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Earlier this year, I wrote about Arizona’s disastrous attempt at regulation of short-term rentals, beginning with a state law enacted in 2016. (Senate Bill 1350) Arizona now prevents local governments from banning short-term rental homes. Critics say that state law makes local governments powerless to address numerous nuisances created by AirBnB, Vrbo, and HomeAway rentals. For example, owners and residents of Sedona are turning up the pressure on Arizona Continue ReadingHomeowners say Airbnb ruined Sedona Arizona