Two bills (SB 451 and HB 2551) pending in the Texas Legislature would permit homeowners (including investors who buy houses for purposes other than living in them) to rent out those houses to anyone they want for periods shorter than 30 days. The bills, if enacted, would bar Fort Worth and other cities from enforcing their ordinances prohibiting short-term rentals of such homes in single-family and certain other residential districts. These bills are not intended to protect homeowners but are examples of special interest legislation, in this case what the bill calls "short-term marketplaces." Airbnb is one such "short-term marketplace."
Senate Bill 451 appears well on its way toward passage. If you do not want short-term rentals in our neighborhood, then you should let our Senator - Senator Jane Nelson - know that you oppose the bill. Of course, if you want a party house or a short-term rental that operates like a bed and breakfast (except that there is no host on the premises to serve breakfast) near you, you may so inform Senator Nelson.
Our Association Board has not voted on the specific subject of short-term rentals, but we have consistently opposed commercial expansion into our neighborhood. It is likely that the bill, as amended, could injure the quality of life in our neighborhood. Language inserted into the bill to address neighborhood concerns will not, in practice, have that effect. The Association Board encourages you to call Senator Nelson's District or Austin office to inform her that you oppose the bill. Here's how to contact Senator Nelson in person, by phone, or by email. Personal contact is best. Phone is second best. Email is third.
Texas State Senate District 12--Senator Jane Nelson
Capitol Office: CAP 1E.5
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0112
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
District Address: 1225 S. Main St., Suite 100
Grapevine TX 76051
Phone: (817) 424-3446