New Short-Term Rental Law to Take Effect in August

A new law impacting owners of short-term rentals will take effect in August. If you own property that you offer for short-term rentals or are considering getting into the short-term rental business, you need to make sure you are in compliance.

HB 2672, which Governor Doug Ducey signed into law in May, regulates vacation and short-term rentals. The new law plays on fears that short-term rentals are creating an influx of “party houses.” While every industry has its bad actors, we find no evidence behind the fear of rampant party houses. As companies like AirBnB and VRBO actively discourage so-called party houses by allowing owners to give ratings to tenants, the occasional party house, where neighborhoods are displaced by excessive noise, trash, and traffic, appears to be a rare exception.

The law’s aim is designed to regulate short-term rentals and prohibit their use s venues for weddings and other large events. Newly-signed House Bill 2672 gives local governments authority to regulate short-term rentals to prevent their commercial use and requires owners to provide contact information. It also requires cities and towns to notify the Arizona Department of Revenue and the owner of any violation of law within 30 days.

Owner are subject to fines starting at $250.00 and increasing to $1,500.00, and more, per violation.

HB 2672, which takes effect in August 2019, can be found here.