Airbnb rental house closes store after neighbors ban vacation rentals

Judi Murphy had lived in the North Phoenix neighborhood of Royal Crest Villa for 48 years when an Airbnb moved in earlier this year.

Neighbors say the new owner was renting the property as an Airbnb, after a state law was passed in 2016 extended protections for short-term rentals. Airbnb and VRBO are two popular websites that allow people to rent homes for short-term stays that can last a few days or up to a week. People may rent out their homes occasionally, but some investors turn their properties into year-round vacation rentals.

The neighbors, on a quiet street with perfectly manicured green lawns and children playing in the street, were immediately skeptical.

Shortly after, the tenants arrived, which led to increased noise, traffic and even recreational marijuana use, according to neighbors.

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