Short-term rental owners are fighting Clark County and the state of Nevada to be allowed to rent their properties through popular online platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo. The Greater Las Vegas Short-Term Rental Association (GLVSTRA) filed suit against the state for the 2021 passage of legislation authorizing regulation of short-term rentals, and targeting Clark County, which in September will start licensing a limited number of homes intended for rental. The ordinance walked back a ban on short-term rentals in unincorporated Clark County, but set limits on their placement. The GLVSTRA argues that the law and ordinances regulating rentals breach the state constitution because they overstep homeowners' property rights. "The lawsuit we filed was our last alternative because state and local officials just went too far to the point where their regulations require these homeowners to give up some of their Nevada and U.S. constitutional protections in order to be allowed to operate," said GLVSTRA co-founder Jacqueline Flores. "And the regulations include some of the highest fines and punishments, of up to $10,000 and jail time, for simply renting for less than 31 [consecutive] days." Flores added that allowing homeowners to rent their property is especially critical with inflation raging, while they also they create work for maids, handymen, plumbers, landscapers, and contractors. Although she insisted that the GLVSTRA is not opposed to regulation or the taxes and fees that would be applied to licensed rentals, members say county regulations overreach and are designed to minimize the number of available rentals.
Las Vegas Review-Journal (08/27/22) Richard N. Velotta