Police in Scottsdale say some short-term rental homes may be used for pop-up parties.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - The house on Monterosa Street, near 86th Street and Indian School Road had been a nuisance for months, according to neighbors.

"It's pretty much always a loud, problematic house," said Sean Bassik, who says he heard the gunshots early Sunday morning.

Police say a party at the short-term rental led to a fight, which led to a shooting. One person was injured.

It was just the latest incident connected to short-term rentals, which have angered people across the Valley.

"It's gotten worse if anything," said Bill Hunter, who has been tracking the effects of short-term rentals in the neighborhoods where they are located.

"Because the clubs and bars in Scottsdale are shutting down, the action is moving to the short-term rentals," said Hunter.

He believes renters are taking advantage of a loophole in the state law that governs short-term rentals. Hunter says it prohibits local police from enforcing occupancy limits on these properties.

Police officers from three Valley departments tell CBS 5 Investigates they are seeing short-term rentals and the parties they attract as a growing public safety problem.

Last week, Airbnb announced that it had suspended 50 Arizona properties from its listing service because of complaints about parties. The house where the weekend shooting took place was not an Airbnb listed property.

Morgan Loew's hard-hitting investigations can be seen weekdays on CBS 5 News at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
 
 

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