Sedona AZ (March 3, 2021) – The city encourages residents to reach out to House of Representatives elected officials as House Bill (HB) 2481 is waiting to be scheduled for a vote by the entire House before moving to the Senate and if passed there, eventually to Governor Doug Ducey.
HB 2481 is pending legislation that modifies the list of regulations that cities and towns are authorized to impose on vacation rentals. More specifically, current short-term rentals would be grandfathered and with a license would be allowed to operate as they currently do. Going forward, it would allow cities to limit short-term rentals in zoning areas. It also would allow cities to enforce an occupancy limit on each rental.
The process this HB 2481 will go through, recognizing that at any time it could either be amended or die if not advanced, is:
- The bill is introduced by multiple sponsors. (This has been completed.)
- The bill is assigned to a committee in the House of Representatives. (This has been completed.)
- The bill is heard by the committee and they decide if it’s moved on to the House. (This has been completed.)
- The full House of Representatives will vote on the bill. (This is the next step.)
- If passed by the House, the bill would cross-over to the Senate and the House process would be repeated there.
- If passed by both chambers (House and Senate), the Governor will decide whether or not to sign the bill into law. If vetoed, a two-thirds majority of the legislature can override that decision.
Residents who would like to give input on HB 2481 should contact members of the Arizona House of Representatives. Their contact information is here.
For more information and a summary of the bill’s current key provisions, which will be updated as the bill moves through the process, visit www.sedonaaz.gov/strlegislation.
Please do anything you can to limit short term rentals. I’d like to see a requirement that the owner LIVES in their home at least 50% of the time. Even better would be a requirement that only owners who live full time in their property can rent out a room.
What we have now is people people buying homes in residential neighborhoods for commercial use…as a business only. It ruins neighborhoods. You constantly have people coming in for 2-3 days, leaving and another group arrives. That is a business…a commercial use…and shouldn’t be allowed in residential zoning.
That being said, I know everyone is doing everything they can to at least bring it under control. But I wish you’d put more restrictions on any future short term rentals.