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Tempe looks at new Airbnb, short-term rental rules

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By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Repoter

The city of Tempe will hold a public meeting Monday on potential new rules related for Airbnb and other short-term rentals.

The Tempe City Council is looking at an ordinance to require property owners who rent out condos, apartment units and home to short-term tenants to register with the city.

The move comes after the Arizona Legislature limited localities ability to regulate and restrict short-term rentals via a 2016 law.

The Tempe meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pyle Recreation Center on Monday. The city is also accepting public comments online at tempe.gov/forum.

The proposed ordinance requires short-term rental landlords to register contact information with the city and to obtain a transaction privilege (sales) tax license before they start leasing out their residence. Other Arizona cities, including Scottsdale, have also been looking at new Airbnb, short-term rental rules as they address concerns about noise and disruptive renters.

“Unrestricted short-term vacation rentals can threaten the character of our neighborhoods. Cities enact zoning regulations to separate businesses from residential neighborhoods and maintain a high quality of life. Unrestrained vacation rentals lead to conversions of homes to boarding houses, increased rent, and noise issues.  All these unintended consequences of state law serve to endanger the sense of community in our neighborhoods,” said Tempe Vice Mayor Lauren Kuby.

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