As Florida moves to deregulate vacation rentals, Arizona has a warning

By Arek Sarkissian

TALLAHASSEE — As Florida lawmakers push to preempt local oversight of short-term rentals, Arizona lawmaker John Kavanagh has a warning.

After Arizona adopted a similar preemption bill in 2016, lawmakers there are now scrambling to re-tighten controls, said Kavanagh, a Republican whose state House district includes retirement communities north of Phoenix that saw an influx of short-term rental party houses after the law passed.

“We dug ourselves into a grave and we’re trying to dig ourselves out,” Kavanagh said. “The advice I would give to Florida or any other state is an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.”

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