Sedona Retreats On Requiring Licenses For Short-Term Rentals

Published: Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 8:14am
Updated: Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 8:18am

The Sedona City Council has voted to repeal a requirement that operators of short-term rentals in the Arizona city known for red-rock landscapes obtain a business license violates state law.

The City Council's May 22 action was a reaction to a report issued May 7 by state Attorney General Mark Brnovich that concluded that the city's requirement enacted earlier this year violated a 2016 state law on short-term rentals.

Brnovich's office had said Sedona had to resolve the violation within 30 days or risk losing state-shared revenue.

City Attorney Robert Pickels Jr. said Brrnovich's office handled the matter professionally but that the state law allowing individual legislators to force a legal review of local laws is "patently unfair" to cities.

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