Democrats present proposal to repeal 2016 law on short-term, vacation rentals

Real estate broker Greg Hague explains why he believes the 2016 law stripping local governments of their ability to regulate short-term rentals should be repealed. With him are Reps. Isela Blanc and Aaron Lieberman, the prime sponsors of a bill introduced Friday to do just that. /Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

Calling the law a mistake, two House Democrats are leading the charge to repeal a 2016 measure that stripped cities and towns of their ability to regulate short-term and vacation rentals.

But a key Republican lawmaker, no fan of that 2016 law, said outright repeal is not politically realistic.

Rep. Aaron Lieberman, D-Paradise Valley, acknowledged Friday that the original measure passed with bipartisan support. The legislation was promoted to lawmakers as a way for people to get a little extra money by renting out a spare bedroom for special events.

But the reality, he said, has been quite different, with investors buying up homes solely to rent them out for weekends, creating de facto hotels.

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