This is Part 3 in a 50 Part Series exploring the Short-Term Rental Laws in the United States (one state at a time). If you’re an STR Host in Arizona, we join you to continue the conversation at Superhost.Club
Arizona is one of the few states that have passed Short-Term Rental laws on a state-wide basis, but in this case, they have largely legislated to protect short-term rentals.
In 2017, the State of Arizona passed Senate Bill 1350 (PDF) which made it illegal for cities and towns in Arizona to restrict Short-Term Rentals.
In 2018, Arizona passed another bill requiring online hosting platforms such as Airbnb to collect and remit occupancy taxes, making the lives of hosts in Arizona much easier.
At this point the authors of the original bill realized the STR protections were being abused and in May 2019, Arizona passed a new law that revised the original, cracking down on party houses throwing large events, weddings, bachelor parties, and more.
The new law House Bill 2672 states the following:
- Rentals may not be used for special events, or any event that would require a permit or license, such as weddings or banquets.
- STR owners must provide contact info for complaints
- Cities and towns must notify the STR owner and the state within 30 days of the violation.
- Limits # of guests
- Requires installation of security equipment
Cities in Arizona (and their laws)
Short-Term Rentals have become increasingly popular in Arizona since the state protected them by law. Even with restrictions on “party houses” the state law should allow the STR ecosystem to thrive in its cities.
Arizona is home to some pretty large cities with strong rental markets: Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Tempe, Peoria, and beyond.
As far as we know, these municipalities cannot place additional restrictions on Short-Term Rentals that would violate the state mandates. However, HOAs have the ability to supersede the law by restricting or banning Short-Term Rentals altogether for properties in their HOA.