Arizona Senate bill lauded as ‘middle ground’ in statewide short-term rental battlefield.

Kate Brophy McGee

By Melissa Rosequist | Paradise Valley Independent

For Arizona residents hoping — maybe even praying — for some type of solution to combat the devil-may-care attitudes of short-term rental property owners in their neighborhood, a proposed Arizona Senate bill has taken its first steps to find a resolution.

On Feb. 20, the Senate Commerce Committee heard testimony at the Arizona capitol and voted 5-3 on Arizona Senate Bill 1554 — legislation seeking to provide solutions to short-term rental units causing a living nightmare in Valley neighborhoods, especially Scottsdale and Town of Paradise Valley.

SB1554, sponsored by Senator Kate Brophy McGee, will continue through the lengthy legislative process seeking to officially become an Arizona law.

In part, SB1554 seeks to prohibit a city, town or county from regulating a short-term rental or vacation rental that is one additional residence to a primary residence; prohibits a corporation from operating STRs; caps the number of housing units in multifamily properties that can be utilized as STRs; and establishes an occupancy rate.

Ms. Brophy McGee also introduced Senate Bill 1553, an ancillary bill to SB1554, which did not receive enough votes to continue through the legislative process.

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