New Arizona Law Raises the Bar for Forced Condo Sales

By Nick Phillips | Arizona Capitol Times In 2010, as the housing market was crashing and the value of their Tucson home sank, Rekha Tataria and her husband made an investment. Acting on the advice of a relative, the couple bought a condominium unit on the southern end of Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood, planning to rent …

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Arizona Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Short-Term Rental Permits

By Melissa Rosequist | Daily Independent A new bill has passed the Arizona Legislature giving municipalities authority to issue licenses and permits to short-term rentals. Senate Bill 1168, which passed the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives on June 24, is supported by both the short-term rental industry and local cities. The bill is now …

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Paradise Valley Amends Short-Term Rental Ordinance

By Melissa Rosequist | Daily Independent The Town of Paradise Valley has amended its short-term rental ordinances to better align with state law following an Arizona Attorney General’s Investigation earlier this year. The changes mostly decrease specific language that was very detailed — such as requirements for property owners to meet renters in person and …

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White House Doubling Down to Roll Back Single-Family Zoning Laws

By Kery Murakami | Route Fifty In a little-noticed move, President Biden is ramping up his push to get local governments to relax single-family zoning laws, a type of land-use policy that many critics blame for restricting the supply of affordable housing and that the president’s own economic advisors have said “systemically discriminated against Black …

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Parts of Paradise Valley’s STR Ordinance Violate State Law

By Melissa Rosequist | Daily Independent An Arizona Attorney General’s Office investigation has found parts of Paradise Valley’s short-term rental ordinance violate state law. In a March 30, written report Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says “most of” Paradise Valley’s ordinance does not violate state law — however, specific provisions run afoul. The investigation stems …

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Paradise Valley Responds to Short-Term Rental Rules Investigation

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 …

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Arizona Legislators Introduce Bipartisan By-Right-Housing Bill

By Piper Hansen | Arizona Capitol Times A bipartisan pair of representatives hope a bill to streamline zoning regulations, improve housing supply and affordability and pour more money into the Arizona Department of Housing Trust Fund in order to curb the state’s rising housing costs and help those experiencing homelessness. Rep. Cesar Chavez, D-Phoenix & …

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Proposition 463 Puts Scottsdale General Plan 2035 to a Vote

By Suzanne Brown What is Proposition 463? Prop 463 is a ballot proposal to approve and ratify Scottsdale General Plan 2035 which was adopted by the Scottsdale City Council on June 8, 2021. What is General Plan 2035? General Plan 2035 is an expression of community vision, aspirations, values and goals. It is a decision-making …

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New COVID-19 Relief Package Signed Into Law

By Suzanne Brown On December 27, 2020, the President signed into law, H.R. 133 – the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 which authorizes the newest coronavirus relief bill. This nearly $900 billion package includes: A new round of direct stimulus payments of $600 to most Americans and their dependents (check the Status of Your Economic Impact …

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Arizona Mayors Band Together in Fight Against Short-Term Rentals

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Thirty of Arizona’s mayors banded together in an effort to confront Airbnb and Expedia CEOs about the short-term rental homes they believe are tearing their communities apart. Paradise Valley Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner and Scottsdale Mayor-elect Dave Ortega were among the group. The move illustrates the growing frustration felt across …

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