Council candidates describe impacts of Paradise Valley short-term rentals

By Melissa Rosequist | YourValley

There may not be an issue more agreed upon by Paradise Valley’s community than the trouble caused by short-term rental properties.

While short-term rentals, or vacation rentals, are allowed under state law, town of Paradise Valley’s elected officials, town staff and residents alike have identified and voiced many issues stemming from these properties. The topic of short-term rentals is not new, nor has it gone away.

In early 2022, the Paradise Valley Town Council passed several ordinances for short-term rental owners and operators as a way to increase notification, communication and transparency when visitors are staying in the residential communities of town.

In this week’s Paradise Valley Town Council candidate Q&A, we ask what the candidates’ opinions are of short-term rentals. Do they support them as a business model? Are they a fan of them?
Read below to learn their position.

Paul Dembow
• Let’s talk about short-term rentals and fractional ownership of properties in town. Briefly tell us what you think about these growing industries?

The impact of short-term rentals has created the largest number of police calls of any single issue in my tenure in town. Party house calls make up 70% of our police calls.
Party houses have never been part of our zoning and should not be in our neighborhoods. They do not belong in our town. Our council, with Mayor Bien-Willner heading the charge, recently passed regulations on short-term rentals so the negative impacts they create are as limited as the town can make them under current state law. I’ve also supported changing the state legislation to give the town the ability to control our zoning and also regulate short-term rentals.

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