Short Shelf for Short-Term Rentals?

The Texas Hammer never sleeps

A short-term rental home in the Zilker neighborhood
A short-term rental home in the Zilker neighborhood (Photo by Jana Birchum)

As the Legislature burns through hearings, two bills pertaining to short-term rentals are making their way through the committees. Public testimony for Senate Bill 451, filed by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, which would revoke all local STR laws unless they were specifically designed to protect public health and safety, was heard on March 14. Mayor Steve Adler testified against the bill, saying it would overturn Austin's regulations on STRs, including the city's slow phase-out of Type 2 "commercial" rentals – non-owner occupied houses rented out for less than 30 days. (City Council Member Ellen Troxclair testified in support.) The House companion bill, HB 2551, authored by Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, was referred to the House Committee on Urban Affairs last Wednesday. Gov. Greg Abbott considers STR ordinances in Austin and Texas cities a prime example of his problems with local governments creating their own regulations. At a luncheon on Monday, the governor said that he believed the state should take a "rifle shot after rifle shot after rifle shot" approach "to try to override all these local regulations," according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Short Term Rentals
Council: Not Speed-Readers
Council: Not Speed-Readers
Council Members punt on the Grove, face 87 items this week

Nina Hernandez, Oct. 16, 2015

Late-Night STR Debate
Late-Night STR Debate
Lengthy committee hearing deliberates Type 2 STRs

Natalia Ciolko, Aug. 21, 2015

More by Sarah Marloff
Qmmunity: The Harsh Reality of Lawmakers’ Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric
Qmmunity: The Harsh Reality of Lawmakers’ Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric
Plus Dining Out for Life, Violent Fems, and more events to do good, feel good

May 24, 2019

Chick-fil-A, Saved by the Legislature
Chick-fil-A, Saved by the Legislature
Religious exemption bill heads to governor's desk despite testimony from LGBTQ Caucus

May 24, 2019

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Short Term Rentals, 85th Lege, Ellen Troxclair, Greg Abbott, Steve Adler, Tan Parker, Kelly Hancock

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle