Sedona • Arizona
On December 16, 2019, our mayor, Mayor Sandy Moriarty went to Phoenix to testify on a study by the Arizona House and Senate on the subject of "short term rentals" and how the current laws affect communities such as Sedona.
As our representative, Sandy made the case for some needed changes in state law that will protect those who want to rent rooms in their own homes but would treat most whole house rentals as an investment property operating as a business, a commercial business.
<< The video here is the entire 2+ hour hearing.
Click on the Sandy Moriarty, Mayor of Sedona link and hear our mayor explain the nature of the challenge cities like Sedona face.
TO SEE FULL SCREEN, CLICK ON THE FULL SCREEN LINK
Keep in mind when you cast your vote for Sedona City Council and Mayor. Are they willing to go the extra mile to face the big issues we have? Will they use their influence in the county and state to help Sedona address its challanges?
Our mayor, Mayor Sandy is always up to the challenge. This testimony shows that.
Community Action Request
We must tell our Governor and Legislators that keeping the current laws on Short Term Rentals is not acceptable. Towns like Sedona and Flagstaff are suffering.....
The opinions expressed below are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect those of other city council members or city staff.
Action item: There is now a bill in the legislative process which needs our support, SB1554. It will allow some management tools for Arizona with regard to short-term rentals which we do not have now and which are badly needed. Please support this bill at every step of the legislative process by sending personal emails, not pre-worded, to both legislators and the Governor. It will address the talking points listed below.
SB1554 passed the Senate by a large margin, and it will now move to the House. If it passes on the floor of the House, it will go to the Governor for signature or veto.
*Note: The language of any legislative bill, this one included, is constantly
subject to change and amendment up until it is finally approved by both
the State Senate and House of Representatives. This document will be
updated based on any such amendments.
There is no way to know how quickly (or not) this process will move at this point. It will likely also be assigned to the Commerce committee in the House. As I have more information, I will post updates here.
AS EXPECTED, THERE WERE AMENDMENTS MADE ON THE SENATE FLOOR. While we did not get everything we wanted, there are still significant changes which will allow the City to do more, including licensing of all short-term rentals. I continue to support it, and await any action that will be taken in the House, but the passage by a large margin in the Senate is a good sign.
In light of the Covid-19 situation, it is possible that legislative action will be suspended on Monday, March 16 after action is taken on the budget. Once the session resumes, it will be time again to contact your legislators. Watch this space for updates.
PLEASE VIEW THE CITY'S PAGE ON SHORT TERM RENTAL LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY, INCLUDING CONTACT INFORMATION FOR LEGISLATORS, COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND THE GOVERNOR. CLICK HERE NOTE: THIS LINK WILL BE UPDATED ON MONDAY, MARCH 16.
Contact information is on the city's website HERE.
The legislature is currently in session, so contact your legislator, other legislators, and especially the Governor now.
Watch this space for more news as SB1554 moves through the legislative process.
SB1554 - Contact your legislator, other legislators, and especially the governor to support this bill.
Email Governor Ducey – Click Here