Flagstaff moves forward on short-term rental regulations

By Lindsey C. Riley
Published: Friday, June 23, 2023 - 10:02am

An aerial view of Flagstaff, Arizona
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An aerial view of Flagstaff

The city of Flagstaff is one step closer to regulating short-term rental properties.

This week, the city council gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that would require owners to register their properties and pay an annual licensing fee, or else face fines of $1,000 a month.

Sarah Langley is with the city. She said licensees would also have to alert their neighbors.

"Which basically means they would have to send out a letter to all the properties neighboring their short-term rental providing them with emergency contact information," she said.

The city routinely gets complaints about trash, parking and noise associated with vacation-rental properties. 

Flagstaff city council could ratify the ordinance next month. If approved, it would be implemented by November. 

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