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Vacation rental owners file lawsuit against Jerome

A lawsuit was filed Friday at Yavapai County Superior Court by the Goldwater Institute on behalf of four Jerome homeowners challenging the Town of Jerome’s regulation of vacation rental homes. (Photo by Vyto Starinskas)

A lawsuit was filed Friday at Yavapai County Superior Court by the Goldwater Institute on behalf of four Jerome homeowners challenging the Town of Jerome’s regulation of vacation rental homes. (Photo by Vyto Starinskas)

JEROME - A lawsuit was filed Friday at Yavapai County Superior Court by the Goldwater Institute on behalf of four Jerome homeowners challenging the Town of Jerome's regulation of vacation rental homes.

Parties to the suit were listed as the owners of The Pink Lady, The Zamar House, The John Riordan House and The Top-of-the-Town Penthouse.

The homeowners maintain that, under the Arizona's Private Property Rights Protection Act, state and local governments have to compensate homeowners when regulations take away their rights to use their property and reduce their property values.

The term "vacation rental" is absent in existing Jerome zoning laws and has been open to interpretation.

As of April 1, 2015, Zoning Administrator Al Sengstock's interpretation has been that vacation rentals are allowed only in areas of town zoned for transient housing, and not Residential 1-5.

The suit alleges that business licenses and zoning requests had already been approved prior to the April 1 interpretation.

Mayor Lew Currier said, "We knew that this was going to happen. The next step is to go to court and see what happens then."

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