Arizona cities using new a state law to crack down on short-term … – Axios

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Several Valley cities are taking advantage of a new state law that lets them impose restrictions on short-term rentals like Airbnb and Vrbo.
Driving the news: Mesa, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale have enacted new regulations on short-term rentals over the past month. Tempe held public meetings last week to get input on a proposal its city council is considering.
Details: The law allows municipalities to crack down on short-term rentals used as party houses.
Why it matters: Short-term rentals are extremely popular and important for tourism, but cities' inability to regulate them or crack down on bad actors has been problematic and fueled opposition in some cities.
Yes, but: Scottsdale officials told the Arizona Republic the law still doesn't give them the authority they need to effectively regulate the industry.
Of note: Arizona hosts the Super Bowl in February, and countless Valley residents are expected to help meet the demand for lodging by renting out their properties.
Catch up quick: Ducey signed a law in 2016 prohibiting cities from banning short-term rentals or enacting their own restrictions and regulations.
What they're saying: "I think for the industry it's probably hard to ignore the issues with the party houses, the neighborhood nuisance issues," Tom Savage, the legislative director at the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, which supported the new law, tells Axios. "The complaints had been mounting since the 2016 law passed."
The other side: The short-term rental industry was supportive of the new law Ducey signed this year.
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