PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Representatives of neighborhoods from Phoenix, to Paradise Valley, to Scottsdale and as far away as Sedona say an explosion in the number of short-term rentals is ruining their quality of life.

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CBS 5 Investigates gathered stories, photos and videos from residents who described and have evidence of party houses, lewd behavior - even pornography shoots taking place next door or down the street from their homes.

"All the time. Pretty much Wednesday night, Thursday night, it would start," said Mary Grace Wargo, who lives in Scottsdale.

There are four short-term rentals in her small subdivision. One of them is next door.

"There's just hundreds of people. They're walking all over your property. The next day there's trash everywhere," she said, describing the scenes her home security camera has captured over the past year.

She says she never knows who is going to be staying next door or down the street, and it has affected her ability to feel safe in her own home.

"I want my neighborhood back," Wargo said.

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Across town in central Phoenix, Susan Edwards described a situation that occurred the first night of Super Bowl weekend last year.

"My doorbell rings at 10:20 at night," Edwards said.

It turned out to be a drunk, looking for the home he rented for the weekend.

"The next morning there's this terrible racket and I look and they're playing beer pong. Twelve guys playing beer pong in the driveway," she said. "And then I hear one guy say he needs to pee. And he goes over to the side of the house and pees."

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Edwards says one weekend, the house across the street was double-booked and a fight nearly broke out in the street.

"We found the listing and it turns out the listing said, 'Family home. Sleeps 19,'" she said.

In north-central Phoenix, B.J. Freeman told us about the home that used to belong to Phoenix Suns' head coach Paul Westphal. It is now a short-term rental and advertised as sleeping 32.

"These are commercial businesses," said Freeman.

"The guy who owns the property has never lived in Arizona. He lives in Alaska," said Helen Perry Grimwood, who lives directly behind the home.

She shared video that showed large parties with loud music in the middle of the day, and said it is a regular occurrence. Grimwood has lived in the neighborhood nearly her entire life.

"It's been a wonderful place to raise our children, but it's not going to remain that. It's not going to be that when you don't even know who the people are in the house next door day-to-day," said Grimwood.

Residents who spoke to CBS 5 Investigates say they are worried how the problem will affect the future livability of their neighborhoods.

"It's also going to diminish the value of your home," said Greg Hague, who owns two Valley real estate companies. "Would you buy a home to bring your kids up next to a home that has people coming in and out and partying every weekend?" said Hague.

Since first writing about the issue in a community newspaper more than a year ago, Hague says he has heard from people all over the state.

He says he is seeing more out-of-state investors purchasing properties to turn them into short-term rentals. He calls them unregulated motels.

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"Arizona is the only state in the country that has such a law that has prohibited communities from regulating and controlling day-to-day rentals," said Hague.

That law was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey in 2016. The law prohibits cities and counties from outlawing or regulating short-term rentals.

Real estate experts say the law has led to an explosion in the number of investors buying these properties.

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Arizona Rep. Aaron Lieberman is a Democrat who represents north Phoenix and Paradise Valley. He was not in the Legislature when the law passed, but he has sponsored a bill that would repeal it.

"What they've said to me is they were under the assumption there would be mom or dad or grandma and grandpa renting out an extra room while they were home. What they've gotten is something totally different," said Lieberman.

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Lieberman says the chances of a bill passing this year, which would correct the problem, appear to be falling.

"I think it's looking worse and worse as we get further into the session," he said.

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Part of the opposition comes from Gov. Ducey, who supported the bill in 2016. Although, his stance on making fixes may be changing.

Ducey's office sent a statement to CBS 5 Investigates, which reads in part, "We are always open to good policy ideas. At the same time, we want to make sure that people who are following the law appropriately don’t have the rug pulled out from under them and that we are protecting property rights."

Airbnb, which is one of the largest short-term rental companies responded to questions from CBS 5 Investigates with the following statement: 

"Short-term rentals are an important part of the Arizona economy and an economic lifeline for families across the State. Airbnb has introduced a number of tools and policies to address quality of life concerns, including a party house ban, and hotlines for neighbors and city officials to report issues."

VRBO did not respond to our questions.

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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