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Sedona to incentivize renting to locals over short-term rentals

The Sedona City Council unanimously approved a program to incentivize renting to locals instead of turning homes into Airbnbs.

The council considered the Rent Local program during Tuesday’s meeting.

The pilot will give homeowners of registered short-term rentals a cash incentive to instead provide a one-year lease to a local worker. They must also refrain from using the property as a short-term rental for three years.

City officials say up to 20% of housing in Sedona is currently dedicated to short-term rentals and the city has struggled with affordable housing for years as a result.