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SB 1350 hurts communities

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by Paul Faith

Litchfield Park vice mayor

The Arizona Legislature recently passed and Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1350, which restricts the rights of cities to regulate short-term transient rentals of homes.

The language in this law is too broad and is bad law negatively affecting all homeowners and renters.

The initial sales model of companies such as Airbnb and VRBO allowed homeowners to rent their homes to others for temporary terms while the homeowners were away, or to swap residences with another family for a short term.

There is a current trend to significantly enlarge this use, especially after SB 1350 was passed.

Homes are being purchased by investors in select single-family neighborhoods, furnished, and rented for transient lodging, similar to a hotel. This is damaging to family neighborhoods. These homes are being rented as a business by out-of-state owners who do not care about the neighbors and the effects on the neighborhoods.

SB 1350 restricts each city’s ability to control this business operation in single-family homes in single-family neighborhoods. Each of our cities in Arizona is unique and is best situated to determine what limits, if any, should be placed on transient rentals. This decision should be at the local level, not by the state Legislature.

Imagine if an investor purchased the home across from your personal residence and began renting every day as a hotel operation to groups of strangers. Also imagine the investor does not live in Arizona and this is nothing more than a long-distance business operation, and the investor does not care how this business affects your use of your home, your privacy or your security. Imagine a large group of people renting the home for a multi-day party venue, which continuously destroys your privacy, security and enjoyment of your home. SB 1350 not only makes this legal, but SB 1350 also encourages this business model in single-family neighborhoods to the detriment of Arizona residents.

SB 1350 is bad law. These decisions should be left to local government. A broad brush prohibition prohibiting cities’ enforcement of their zoning and prohibiting cities from limiting uses to single family is not good for Arizona.

SB 1350 injures Arizona citizens, Arizona voters, Arizona communities, and the Arizona hotel industry, and benefits out-of-state investors and out-of-state visitors looking for places to party without regulation.

If you believe this legislation is not beneficial, I encourage you to contact your state legislators.

 

Paul J. Faith has been the vice mayor of Litchfield Park since 2003, and is a local attorney certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a real estate specialist.

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