PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Phoenix City Council voted to enact new rules about short-term rentals. Owners will have to register with the city, post visible emergency contact information in the home, and respond to any issues at the property within one hour, be it in person or by phone.
Carrick Sears, who rents his home and the rooms in it on Airbnb, told council members he was opposed to the response time ordinance.
"Both short-term rental owners and motels and hotels, we do have our guests paying occupancy tax that’s 12%,” he said. “We’re paying into the system for law enforcement, so if an issue comes up, usually the issues that come up are noise-related, law enforcement are really the ones best situated if there’s a disturbance in the neighborhood."
Sears said that he's seen some policies that property management companies enact that he believes have curtailed potential issues at short-term rental properties.
"By avoiding people that live in the same city, you're going to be avoiding people that are just looking for a pad to party," Sears said. "Another thing they avoid are same-day rentals, somebody on a Saturday morning looking for a house on a Saturday night. That's just not a good sign."