The short-term vacation renters are back with children in Sun City West.
Arizona lawmakers refused to pass new regulations that would limit the number of people, require the use of on-site parking, ban smoking outdoors and require sound meters at short-term vacation rentals.
The verified violations would result in fines. However, the bills did not pass because they were said to have destroyed the owner’s property rights. Sadly, the state lawmakers do not have to be concerned about the neighbors of the short-term rentals property rights. In Sun City West we have a short-term rental that has many families in a house with children screaming, playing ball in the street and driving golf carts. Our quiet neighborhood has turned into a noisy, dangerous neighborhood with many cars parked on the streets. This has become a problem for the recreation center pools because the children have invaded that, too.
This was a quiet and safe neighborhood before short-term vacation renters that do not obey the older age requirements of the original buyers/owners who are looking for a fast rental buck. Short-term vacation rentals in Sun City West charge $200 to $400 per night, and many have a limit of up to eight people in one house plus allow pets.
We were told by a real estate agent that the short-term rentals are bringing down the sales value of our homes. It is time for the state lawmakers to act and protect the people rather than accepting the problem in order to make the 12% occupancy tax.
Source for information: providentlawyers.com, “Short-Term Rentals in Arizona to Continue Without Added Regulation.”
Mark and Carol Fairall
Sun City West