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Tempe moving to regulate short-term rentals

By YourValley

This week, the city of Tempe will begin asking community members their views about possible local regulations for short-term rental properties that would be among the strictest in the state if enacted.

The Tempe City Council directed at its Oct. 27 Work Study Session that city staff conduct a public input process on a draft ordinance to change city code, according to a news release from the city. If eventually passed by the council, owners of short-term rental properties would need to:

  • Require an annual $250 regulatory permit
  • Provide proof of a valid sales tax license and evidence the rental is registered with the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office
  • Notify all residential properties adjacent to, directly, and diagonally across the property of their emergency contact information. Responses to complaints would be required from the property owner within one hour for complaints for which police is dispatched or 24 hours for non-emergency complaints. 
  • Maintain liability insurance of at least $500,000
  • Conduct a sex offender background check for every person who books a rental – and possibly all those staying on the property.
  • Require the display of the local regulatory permit or license number on advertisements


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