PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) - Arizona's Democratic lawmakers want to crack down on vacation rental companies like Airbnb because homeowners say the parties they attract are destroying their neighborhoods. To do that, Democrats want to repeal a three-year-old law that stripped cities and towns of the power to regulate the growing business of short-term home rentals.
During a news conference at the Capitol on Friday, lawmakers invited local homeowners like Susan Edwards to share their stories. Edwards has lived in Phoenix for more than three decades and had few problems until the property owner across the street from her started renting out their house.
She says short-term renters who were there for Super Bowl weekend used the lawn as a makeshift football field, as well as a toilet.
"I hear one guy say, 'I need to pee,' and he goes around the side and he pees," she said.
Edwards supports Democrats in their push to restore authority to local governments to regulate the short-term home rental business.
They could, however, run into strong opposition from Gov. Doug Ducey, who has championed cutting-edge companies like Airbnb.
"Thousands of Arizonans have benefited from the ability to make their homes available for short-term usage, and the extra money has helped make ends meet when family budgets are tight," a spokesman for the governor said in a statement.