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Short-Term (Vacation) Rental Registry Created

Post Date:02/05/2020 1:00 PM

TEMPE, AZ - The City of Tempe has created a Short-Term Rental Registration Program to collect contact information for properties commonly referred to as vacation rentals. 

The Tempe City Council recently passed Ordinance No. 02019.53, which created a Short Term Rental Registration Program, as authorized by Arizona Revised Statutes §9-500.39.

A short term rental is a residential property rental that offers lodging for stays that are fewer than 30 days. 

Some Tempe property owners are using short-term rental services such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, and other online providers to rent out homes and apartments. These short-term rentals, while providing financial opportunities for property owners, may negatively impact neighborhoods. This new registry is intended to help reduce neighborhood issues and increase public safety by having contact information available to emergency responders.  

Several Tempe residents had requested that the City of Tempe work to help regulate short term rentals. In response, the Tempe City Council formed a working group that included Vice Mayor Lauren Kuby and Councilmember Joel Navarro.

The new ordinance requires contact information for both the property owner and a local emergency contact if the property owner is not located in the Greater Phoenix area. This information will help first responders. It will also ensure that noise and parking issues are directed to the appropriate parties. 

In 2016, the Arizona State Legislature passed legislation largely prohibiting cities from regulating Short-Term Rentals. More recently, after working with several Arizona communities, the Legislature passed legislation that made it possible for cities to create these registries in late 2019. 

Property owners who offer short-term lodging must register their property with the City of Tempe and obtain a Transaction Privilege Tax License with the State of Arizona before the property can be used as a short term rental. Details on signing up for the free City of Tempe registry are available online or by calling 480 350-4311.

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