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Re-Elect

2020 Mayoral Election - August 4

Sedona • Arizona

Short Term Rentals in Sedona

Our Mayor Goes the Extra Mile for us!  

testifying to the state on Short Term Rentals.


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.


LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY UPDATES WILL BE POSTED AS I RECEIVE THEM.


Contact information is on the city's website HERE.

 Talking points:

  •  We need to change state law to be able to reasonably regulate short term rentals.


  • We are NOT trying to eliminate short term rentals which are truly home-sharing, with the owner present.


  • Any changes made to state law now will not be retroactive, but they can prevent the current situation from becoming worse.


  • We need state law that will prohibit or restrict short term rentals of non-owner-occupied homes.


  • Short term renters are not residents or neighbors, they do not live in the home they rent, they are most often on vacation.


  • No matter how friendly or well-behaved short term renters are, they undermine neighborhoods, local zoning laws, and at least in Sedona, they undermine our Community Plan. State law does not allow us to treat short term rentals as the businesses they are.


  • Neighborhoods are the basis of community. When short term or vacation rentals proliferate, and especially if they dominate the neighborhood, they change the character of our communities.


  • We have adequate nuisance laws to address bad behavior, but nothing to stop the proliferation of short term rentals.


  • We need the tools to prevent multi-bedroom mini-hotels from being built or converted on residential property.


  • The Governor has stated that he hasn’t heard about many problems with short term rentals beyond nuisances, and only from the media, not from citizens.


  • Tell your own story of your experience with short term or vacation rentals in your neighborhood. Have you been forced to leave your long term rental so it can be turned into a short term rental? Have many of the homes in your neighborhood turned into vacation rentals?


  • There have been remedies offered for nuisances due to short term rentals, but there is much more to the story. Please tell yours.


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