Key Considerations for Short-Term Rentals in Arizona

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Short-term rentals have gained popularity in recent years, with owners renting out their homes through platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. Before venturing into short-term rentals, understand the legal obligations and regulations so you can avoid potential liability.

Knowing the local regulations is critical

Each city may have different applicable regulations. Some have regulations specific to short-term rentals, while others have general regulations applicable to all rental properties. Understanding the regulations that apply to you is vital to avoid any legal complications.

Obtain the necessary permits and licenses

You may need to obtain specific permits or licenses before renting out your property on a short-term basis. Some cities require hosts to obtain a transaction privilege tax license, while others require a special use permit or a conditional use permit.

Understand your liability

As the owner of a short-term rental, you could be held liable for injuries or damages that occur on your property. To minimize your risk, ensure that your property is safe and up to code.

Know your tax obligations

Short-term rentals may be subject to various taxes, including transaction privilege tax, state and federal income tax, and lodging tax.

Consider insurance

Review your applicable insurance policies (including your homeowner’s insurance policy), and determine whether they cover short-term rentals. If they do not, consult with your provider about your options and consider purchasing insurance to provide coverage for your short-term rental.

Consult with an attorney

Renting out your property on a short-term basis can be a great way to earn extra income, but to maximize your income and minimize your risk, consider consulting with an attorney to understand the legal regulations and obligations involved. An attorney can help you navigate the applicable regulations, identify which permits and licenses are needed, take steps to make your property safe, understand your tax obligations, and determine whether additional insurance is recommended. Attorneys at Orangewood Law Group, PLC are well-versed in all aspects of real estate law and can help. If you’re considering a short-term rental and have questions, give us a call. We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of real estate law and achieve your goals.