Sedona Is Facing A Housing Crisis — And AirBnB May Be The Cause
Sedona has always been a tourist magnet, with its beautiful red rocks and Oak Creek Canyon. But today, it is facing a housing crisis.
Short-term rentals on sites like Airbnb account for 20% of Sedona's housing stock, and that has had serious consequences for many of its permanent residents.
Last week, about 150 Sedona residents packed a city meeting and grilled state Rep. Bob Thorpe (R-Flagstaff) about the “Airbnb bill” that they say led to this. During that meeting, there was this moment when the assistant city manager pulled up a map of West Sedona that was dotted with short term rentals.
The Arizona Republic’s Lorraine Longhi recently reported on this and joined The Show to talk about the trend.