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Landlord Updates

AZ Gets Rid of Rental Tax in 2025

Governor Katie Hobbs just signed a bill getting rid of the Residential Rental tax in Arizona. But don’t change your policies and procedures just yet! The change doesn’t go into effect until January 1, 2025. If you are in a city, such as Tucson, or a county island that doesn’t charge a rental tax, this will not impact you.

Here is what you need to know and what you need to do:

  • The law does not go into effect until January 1, 2025. Therefore, you have at least one year before you do anything.
  • On and after January 1, 2025, landlords are prohibited from charging the rental tax. In other words, landlords should decrease the amount they are charging residents at that time. The law creates a basis for a tenant to sue over the tax amount if it’s still being collected by the landlord. It says if there’s a civil suit—presumably filed by an unhappy tenant—the burden is on the landlord to show that none of the rent being charged is attributable to the Residential Rental tax once it disappears.
  • Remember, it’s not just the tax on rent that is decreased. The taxes applied to all previous charges should be reduced as well. For example, if late fees were $5.00 plus $.09 in tax, that part that is tax should be removed in 2025.
  • For all new residential leases starting on January 1, 2025, or later, the lease should not include rental taxes. This includes month-to-month and renewals or extensions of older leases.
  • Starting in late 2024, landlords should plan for the change in not charging rental tax and begin to notify tenants of the reduction in the amount owed.
  • This ban does not apply to commercial rentals (meaning cities can charge a rental tax).
  • This ban does not apply to “health care facilities, long-term care facilities or hotel, motel or other transient lodging business.” It appears that cities can tax short-term rentals.
  • Remember, this just came out and it won’t go into effect for a while. In the meantime, we will learn additional information and communicate it to our clients.

Rental Market Statistics

The number of active rental listings has been climbing since June of this year. There are multiple reasons for this.

  1. Seasonality – The 4th quarter of the year is a slower time for activity on rentals.
  2. Super Bowl season “Airbnb” (Vacation Rental) purchases. Many homes were purchased by inexperienced “investors” who wanted to cash in on the high rental prices during the Super Bowl. Now those homes are sitting empty from the drop in vacation rentals and some/many are being converted into long-term rentals and increasing inventory numbers.
  3. Vacation Rentals may become more difficult and expensive to carry as an investment. Several cities in the Valley have started enacting much stricter rules on Short-term vacation owners. They must be registered with the city and a local person listed who can be contacted regarding complaints. So the owners have to accept liability for the nuisances of their vacationers. They must also consider the cost of registering and the possibility of being taxed at a much higher rate than they are now. Municipalities are considering taxing these owners similarly to a hotel/resort. This is pushing more Vacation Rentals into Long-term rental inventory.

I am seeing the rental prices starting to drop which is common as the inventory rises. It is the principle of Supply and Demand. I think once we get through the 4th quarter, we will see rental prices stabilize and possibly increase slightly through the Spring.

If you have questions, I can help. Whether you’re contemplating the purchase of another investment property or considering the liquidation of a current one, both situations fall within my area of expertise. Feel free to give me a call, and we can discuss the opportunities available to you.

Louisa Ward
Associate Broker

REMINDER👉 Community Event Tomorrow!!

WHERE: Heritage Heights Clubhouse — 3030 E. Mission Lane Phoenix, AZ 85028


  • Mountain Estates
  • Paradise Gardens
  • Mountain Preserve
  • Heritage Heights

Free Food!* Hot dogs, chips, cookie & bottled water will be served from 5-5:30pm

*Food provided by your Block Watch


– Councilwoman Debra Stark: Community Updates

– Desert Horizon Police Precinct: Neighborhood Homeless Issue

– City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture & Artist Bobby Zokaites: North 32nd Art Project

#blockwatch #neighbors #markyourcalendars #neighborshelpingneighbors #sheaborhood #neighborhoodwatch #neighborhoodrealtor

Welcome to North 32nd St Renewed

Welcome to 32|Renewed! The pulse of North Phoenix’s 32nd Street Corridor.

Our neighborhood is experiencing a renewed cultural and economic expansion.  Municipal investments, business development, and passionate residents are growing our established community into a vibrant destination for entertainment, dining, shopping, and soaking in the beauty that North Phoenix has to offer.

I’m Louisa Ward, a Phoenix native.  I have lived in and loved this neighborhood for 27 years.  As a Realtor I sell homes across the valley, but I love calling our neighborhood home.  I am your local neighborhood specialist.  I specialize in Heritage Heights, Paradise Gardens, Sierra Bonita, and Mountain View Park subdivisions.  My daughters both went to Shea Middle School and Shadow Mountain High School.  I was an active participant in their schooling and was the team mom for their golf team.  When I’m not working or spending time with my family I can usually be found hiking Piestewa Peak or visiting our local Farmers Market at Roadrunner Park.  I love this area and know the many facets of this dynamic community.  I am excited to see the changes that take place over the next few years as the City of Phoenix helps revitalize the neighborhood.
Contact me at 602-769-6699, MyAzRealtyTeam@gmail, or my website MyAzRealtyTeam.com.

Louisa, Robyn & Monica - Agent with RE/MAX EXCALIBUR REALTY

All about Phoenix Paradise Gardens Homes

The Phoenix Paradise Gardens Subdivision built in the 1960’s covers the area from 32nd Street to 36th Street and Mountain View to Gold Dust.

Not your average subdivision; Paradise Gardens was a partnership with famous Phoenix modern architect Al Beadle.

Al Beadle not one to mince words once said “Unfortunately, most people are not aware of good design. The architect’s catch-22 is that people with taste have no money, and the people with money have no taste, so that often leaves the architect out.”

Though the partnership between Al Beadle and developer Robert Altherr and A-1 Construction didn’t last very long the modern Beadle design is carried throughout the subdivision.  The architect created homes especially suited to the desert with deep overhangs and an indoor/outdoor connection that let’s the occupants fully connect with the desert ensconced in the safety of the steel and block “shelter” . 

There are four cactus themed floor plans that maintain a clean, modern, design that Al Beadle was known for.

Here are a look at some of the drawings and homes today.

chollarendering A Cholla model from 2010 cholla



ocotillorendering An Ocotillo from 2010  Ocotillo


paloverderendering A Palo Verde from 2010 palo verde


saguarorendering The Saguaro from 2010saguaro

The original design brochure

paradisebrochureA2 paradisebrochureB2 paradiseplat

Many Paradise Gardens homes continue the mid century trend but offer modern touches.  Paradise Gardens Homes are keeping the original design but adding modern conveniences such as closed garages or extra closet spaces are common.  The trick is to keep the open design concept while still allowing for some privacy and efficiency for our modern technology.

Known as the steel and glass man, the Modern Architecture of Al Beadle reflects a purity of design that endures even today.  Phoenix Gardens remains a popular choice for architect enthusiasts, mid century modern lovers, and Phoenix families.

Read an interview with Al Beadle from Modern Phoenix Neighborhood Network Here.


Hiking Group for Piestewa Phoenix Mountain

There is a small hiking group that meets at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve for various hikes.

Monday mornings for Intermediate hikes,

Tuesday evenings Beginner and Intermediate hikes,

Wednesday nights Fitness Hike that is Intermediate to Slightly Difficult

For more information on how to join the hikes email MyAZRealtyTeam@Gmail.com

hiking map