Scottsdale pushes 3 proposals to put control of short-term rentals back in city hands

By Ignacio Ventura
Published: Sunday, August 27, 2023 - 8:05am
Updated: Monday, August 28, 2023 - 7:35am

Welcome to Scottsdale marker sign
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"Welcome to Scottsdale" sign at 56th Street and Thomas Road in Scottsdale.

A state law passed in 2016 left cities largely powerless to ban or regulate short-term rentals. Proponents said the measure would help homeowners make extra money. But opponents say the law has been more beneficial to investors, who’ve turned local homes into mini-hotels that cater to loud, late-night parties. Scottsdale leaders have had enough.

The city has delivered three proposals to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns ahead of the group’s annual conference Thursday. Scottsdale wants the Arizona Legislature to amend state law so that local governments can limit the density and total number of short-term rentals, and establish separate requirements to regulate them.

Mayor David Ortega says the 2016 state law has shattered the quality of life in Scottsdale, ushering in late-night disruptions and party houses. He says residents are clamoring for peace and quiet, and want their neighborhoods back.

Adeolu Adebayo holds a bachelor party golf ball
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Adeolu Adebayo holds a bachelor party golf ball, one of the many items he says he routinely finds his backyard from nearby short-term rentals.

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