Rep. Isela (D-Tucson) is correct in saying that short-term rentals (STRs) alter the character of existing neighborhoods. For I no longer feel safe in my home and I mourn the loss of my community and neighbors. Our quality of life has been negatively impacted. The serenity, safety and beauty of what was and could be a wonderful community is in jeopardy.
We bought our home in 2005 in Continental with plans to retire here. There are no fences and we had wonderful neighbors and wildlife. Four years ago, our neighbors moved. The new owners are an LLC in Tucson. They turned a four-bedroom home into a STR that is advertised as sleeping up to 18 for special events and parties.
There have been men’s softball teams, girls track teams, multi-family holiday parties and other events next door to us on any given weekend complete with travel vans, SUVs and motorcycles that “litter” the streets.
The renters are strangers with no ties to the community. The majority of renters are from out of town, have no regard for the culture of the community i.e. respect for dark skies, awareness of the fire conditions, respect for speed limits, boundaries, wildlife, bicyclists and pedestrians. Many come up “to party” and have little regard for neighbors or the environment. I am saddened to say that this weekend we had to put up a no trespassing sign that facing our former neighbor’s house.