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Arizona protected Airbnb with 2016 law, but cities & activists hope to regain regulating power

With Arizona law tilted firmly in favor of Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms, cities and towns looking to stop the negative effects of homes in quiet neighborhoods being rented out as “party houses” are increasingly finding their hands tied. ... Read more»

Paradise Valley Airbnb ordinance violates Arizona law, AG says

The Arizona Attorney General says that the most onerous parts of an ordinance passed earlier this year by the town of Paradise Valley aimed at reining in “party house” Airbnbs conflict with existing state law, putting $1.6 million of the town’s state shared revenue in limbo.... Read more»

The pandemic prompted people to move, but many didn’t go far

In the year after the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, moves out of city centers increased from the year before, as did moves into rural and suburban areas - but the trend slowed considerably during the second year of the pandemic. ... Read more»

As rents soar, states take aim at local zoning laws

In 2021, U.S. rents rose faster over the previous year than they have in the past 20 years - with average rent prices in Arizona increasing 27% between Jan 2021 and Jan. 2022 - leaving many low- and medium-income renters priced out of homes and lawmakers rethinking zoning laws.... Read more»

Arizona lawmaker who owns $1M Airbnb property seeks to block local regulations

Gilbert Republican Sen. Warren Petersen wants the attorney general to investigate an ordinance passed by Paradise Valley that regulates short-term home rentals, which he says violates state law, while the lawmaker himself owns a million-dollar luxury Airbnb listing in Gilbert. ... Read more»

Increasingly scarce affordable housing is making renters ask: Where do we go?

In January 2022, median rents in the U.S. reached their highest level yet as the United States is facing an expanding gap between how much workers earn and how much they have to pay for housing. ... Read more»

When private equity becomes your landlord

Amid a national housing crisis, giant private equity firms have been buying up apartment buildings en masse to squeeze them for profit, with the help of government-backed Freddie Mac. Meanwhile, tenants say they’re the ones paying the price. ... Read more»

Bipartisan bill to promote affordable housing introduced in Arizona House

Two Arizona legislators introduced a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would address the state’s housing crisis by increasing construction of affordable homes and providing aid to the homeless.... Read more»

Arizona Supreme Court rejects challenge to Ducey’s eviction moratorium

The Arizona Supreme Court won't hear a special action brought by trade groups representing landlords and trailer park owners who want to overturn Gov. Doug Ducey's executive order barring most evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»

Report: Arizona had highest 'housing loss' rate; more evictions coming

Arizona had the highest rate of “housing loss” in the nation, according to a new national study, and that was before what experts called a “tsunami of evictions” that is expected to hit this fall.... Read more»

Landlord group says lawsuit over eviction moratorium is a 'last step'

Trade groups representing landlords and property owners are suing to overturn the eviction moratorium imposed by Gov. Doug Ducey, which created a situation they deem "unsustainable." ... Read more»

Landlords head to court to resume evictions, say Ducey acted unconstitutionally

Trade groups representing landlords and trailer park owners are suing to overturn Gov. Doug Ducey's executive order barring most evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»

Thousands of evictions loom as moratorium set to expire this month

Legal advocates are preparing for what could be a tsunami of evictions in the next few weeks when a temporary state ban on most evictions expires. But there is evidence that hundreds of evictions have been filed in violation of a federal ban in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»

Navigating the eviction process amid COVID-19 proves tricky for all

Ducey's executive order didn't stop evictions, it just delayed them for certain people under certain circumstances.... Read more»

Expensive, slow, frustrating: Renters, landlords have little government support

The Arizona Residential Tenant and Landlord Act outlines basic regulations, but no local or state government agency enforces those regulations. ... Read more»