By Melissa Rosequist | Daily Independent
The Town of Paradise Valley has responded to an Arizona Attorney General’s investigation into its short-term rental rules.
On March 18, Town Attorney Andrew McGuire issued a response to Attorney General Mark Bronvich and the deputy solicitor, where he steadfastly argues the town has not violated state law.
On Feb. 28, Sen. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, filed a legislator request for investigation — known as a Senate Bill 1487 investigation — at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Petersen sought an opinion on if the Paradise Valley local ordinance on short-term rentals is in conflict with existing state law.
(Town of Paradise Valley Attorney Andrew) McGuire’s multi-page letter lays out a handful of reasons Paradise Valley’s ordinances on short-term rentals are within legal bounds. Ultimately he says the short-term rental ordinances are a way to protect the town’s health, safety and welfare and asks the attorney general to take no further action on the investigation.
The Arizona Attorney General has not yet issued a finding on the investigation.
McGuire says within his response that the town’s ordinances were developed using an “extensive legislative record” that was developed over months with deliberation and input from Town Council and residents.
According to McGuire’s response, the town experienced a 300% increase in short-term rental activity between January 2015-September 2021, and during that time, the average rental rate increased by $700.
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