Short-term Rental Homes – in metro-Phoenix?

Your metro-Phoenix vacation home as a short-term rental, like through AirBnB or VERBO … Can you do that?

Maybe! Maybe not!

By Arizona law, Arizona cities and towns cannot enact laws that prohibit short-term rentals.

So, you have a vacation home somewhere in metro-Phoenix that you are able to be here and enjoy four weeks per year, maybe six weeks at most. And you are thinking, since this is a very high-demand vacation destination, does it make sense to offer it as a short-term rental … and wondering:

  1.  how much time would be required to make that work
  2.  what risks your property would be subject to,
  3.  would doing this turn your vacation home from a joy to a burden?

If you engage a full-service property manager, the likely answers are:

  1.  not much
  2. not much
  3. not likely.

If your approach is 100% DIY, the answers are … lots … some … maybe.

For comprehensive answers to these questions, check out these resources: … a shortened URL to a page on the above website

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Actually, you have a more fundamental question to resolve even before getting to those three:  are there any prohibitions to your vacation home as a short-term rental?

As the Introduction states, Arizona passed a law a couple years ago that cities and towns cannot pass regulations that prohibit short-term rentals.

However, there is no Arizona law against CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions) prohibiting short term rentals. If your property is within a HOA (Home Owner Association), it is subject to CC&Rs. Check those for any short-term rental restrictions.

Your thinking about a short-term rental may have been motivated by becoming aware that other homes in the community are being offered as short-term rentals. So, reading the above about CC&Rs, you may be thinking your CC&Rs are not an issue … even if there are prohibitions there, other owners are doing it, and for quite some time, so you could if you wanted.

Possibly Not so! … if your HOA decides to put a stop to it.

As explained by Christopher A. Combs, an Arizona real estate attorney, in the Sunday 9/29/2019 issue of the Arizona Republic, even if a CC&R has not been enforced for years, the HOA could legally decide to enforce a CC&R against current and future violations if the CC&Rs include a “non-waiver” clause that states that even if a specific CC&R has not been enforced in the past, future enforcement is allowed.

Of course, you could offer your vacation home as a short-term rental as long as the HOA didn’t object. If they do, just stop.


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