The ability for city governments to regulate short-term rental properties was pre-empted by the Arizona State Legislature in 2016. Although the city's ability to regulate these properties is severely limited, Scottsdale has convened a community working group to dig into the topic and offer creative solutions for future City Council consideration.
The Scottsdale Short Term Rental Working Group includes Councilmember Linda Milhaven who understands the many problems that have arisen since these properties were made popular through apps like AirBnB and VRBO.
"We understand fully the negative impacts many of these properties are having in Scottsdale - the City Council has received thousands of emails and complaints since the state law took effect," said Councilwoman Milhaven.
"The purpose of this working group is not to hear more complaints, but to roll up our sleeves and identify ways the city can work within the current law to improve monitoring and enforcement of regulations and ensure that Scottsdale is doing everything it can to manage the impacts from short-term rentals."
The Scottsdale Short Term Rental Working Group next meets May 5. The group comprises residents, councilmembers, and representatives from the hotel and tourism sectors.
Although meetings are being held remotely under COVID-19 policies, the public can watch and listen live, and sign-up top to comment during the meeting.