Sedona Vacation Rental

Sedona, the popular sightseeing destination in north-central Arizona, has plenty of homes, including many offered as short-term vacation rentals for visitors, shown here Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Sedona, Ariz.

Two Arizona lawmakers hope to repeal the state’s ban on short-term rental property regulations, also known as the “Airbnb” bill.

House Bill 2001, filed on Friday, was the first prefiled bill ahead of the 2020 legislative session. The legislation would repeal a 2016 law that prohibits local governments from banning or regulating short-term rentals.

The bill paves the way for local governments to regulate short-term rental properties in their communities.

Rep. Isela Blanc, D-Tempe, and Rep. Aaron Lieberman, D-Phoenix, held a press conference on Friday discussing their proposed legislation.

Blanc said investment groups have been buying up properties specifically for short-term rental use, in turn “pricing out Arizonans” and contributing to housing shortages.

“What we are asking is to give local control back to the communities,” Blanc said.

Lieberman said the 2016 legislation was bipartisan and acknowledged that no one foresaw what would happen. 

“The reality is right now our neighborhoods are being overrun by these homes being used exclusively as businesses,” Lieberman said in a statement. “No one meant for this to happen – but enough is enough. We need to let the people closest to the problem deal with it – our local cities and towns.”

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed House Bill 1350 in 2016 prohibiting outright short-term rental bans and regulations. Ducey at the time touted the legislation as putting the state “on the leading edge in the new sharing economy.”

“This legislation sends a loud message, to homeowners and visitors alike, that our door is open and ready to do business in the home sharing economy,” Ducey said at the time.

But in August Ducey acknowledged that the law has had “some unintended consequences.”

Ducey also signed House Bill 2672 in May, which allowed municipalities to collect contact informoation for short-term rental properties from owners to help crack down on complaints and reign in “party homes.”

Regional Editor

Derek Draplin is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News. He’s also an editor at The Daily Caller.