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New Law Gives Cities and Towns Tools to Combat 'Party Houses'

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Thursday, July 7, 2022


New Law Gives Cities and Towns Tools to Combat 'Party Houses'


PHOENIX, ARIZONA— In an effort to better safeguard communities from disruptive short-term rental properties while protecting the business owners that contribute to our thriving Arizona tourism economy, Governor Doug Ducey just signed into law SB 1168 (vacation rentals; short-term rentals; enforcement), sponsored by State Senator J.D. Mesnard (R-17) and State Representative Steve Kaiser (R-15).


This bill gives cities and towns tools to govern short-term rentals via licenses or permits, notifications and liability insurance, as well as the ability to fine owners or management companies when their property occupants violate community ordinances.


"The goal of this bill is to create clear and sensible parameters for the vacation rental industry within Arizona, while looking after families and residents who shouldn't have to put up with noisy and unruly party houses within their neighborhoods," said Senator Mesnard. "This new legislation will empower municipalities to enforce commonsense rules that will help create a safe and peaceful environment for all who live, vacation and do business within our state. We're thankful for the countless stakeholders and community members who provided feedback over the past couple of years to help us reach a balance between all sides of the issue."


“Short term rentals are an essential part of our state’s tourism economy, helping to create jobs and support our local small businesses,” said Representative Kaiser. “I’m thankful the bill earned the support of short-term rental hosts and community leaders alike, who recognize the importance of rules to combat the small number of bad actors who disrupt the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”


This bill takes effect 90 days from legislature adjournment.


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For more information, contact:

Kim Quintero

Director of Communications | Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus

kquintero@azleg.gov

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