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Marks: Protect Arizona’s short-term rentals

Posted 3/5/21

Responsible tourism is critical to our state’s economy, and in the wake of COVID-19, we can’t afford to enact policies that would cripple recovery efforts. But Rep. Kavanagh has proposed …

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Marks: Protect Arizona’s short-term rentals

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Responsible tourism is critical to our state’s economy, and in the wake of COVID-19, we can’t afford to enact policies that would cripple recovery efforts. But Rep. Kavanagh has proposed legislation that would do just that.

If enacted, HB 2481 would threaten local jobs and impede Arizona’s economic recovery.

I’ve operated a short-term rental in Scottsdale for 10 years. In addition to the local maintenance and cleaning contractors that I’ve partnered with for years, my guests are frequent patrons of nearby shops and restaurants.

I support regulations to stop those who allow noise or other issues to occur at their rental, but HB 2481 is not a viable solution. This bill would allow local governments to effectivity ban short-term rentals — it’s short-sighted policy that fails to address the root of the problem.

Sen. Mesnard’s SB 1379 offers common-sense solutions without jeopardizing an industry that Arizonans depend on.

Along with over a thousand other rental owners, I joined the Arizonans for Responsible Tourism Recovery coalition: https://azrtr.org because I don’t want to see my community harmed by HB 2481. It is my hope that lawmakers will listen to community voices, separate the myths from the facts, and support smart policy.

Editor’s Note: Betsy Marks is a short-term rental owner in Scottsdale.

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