Short-Term Rentals

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AZ Rep Selina Bliss is working on a bill to give Sedona more control over Short-term Rentals.  It has not been assigned to a committee yet. We will let you know when that happens so that you can give a “thumbs up’ to the bill”. So – stay tuned!

BACKGROUND: Short-term rentals (e.g. Airbnb) have devastated Sedona’s affordable housing inventory. Friends and neighbors who have lived here for thirty years are told to move out. Their long-term rental is becoming a short-term rental, so they can no longer live in the place they have called home. And in turn, local businesses can no longer find employees.

Developers and out-of-state investors are buying up every available house, out-bidding families who simply want to live here. The resident population of Sedona is shrinking. Some schools have already closed due to a lack of students while others are barely hanging on. Neighborhoods are turning into hotel complexes. And the increased use of water for daily laundry jeopardizes Sedona’s sustainability. 

The short-term rental fiasco in Sedona was ushered in by a State Bill passed in 2016. It was sold as a way for Grandma to make extra money by renting out a room in her home. Reality became apparent when the investors came to town and started buying property. The City Council has hired a Lobbyist to work the issue. Five cities have hired Lobbyists. So those Lobbyists working with the Republican and Democrat organizations can hopefully generate a groundswell of support from Voters across the state.

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