AG Paxton joins lawsuit against city over short-term rentals

Short term rental house (KXAN Photo)
Short term rental house (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin’s rules over short-term rentals have drawn the ire of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

He announced Wednesday he’s joining a lawsuit against the city. In a statement, Paxton called the rules an overreach by the city of Austin, infringing on the constitutional rights of short-term rental property owners.

Back in February, the City Council’s ordinance put rules on how many people could use a property at a time and gave code compliance officers greater rights to enter a short-term rental property.

Supporters called for the change, saying people were abusing short-term rentals, holding loud parities and being a nuisance in neighborhoods.

We reached out to city council members to see what they thought of the lawsuit.

Council Member Delia Garza said, “Its just another example of Austin being in a conservative state, and constantly being attacked by our conservative legislature, and our conservative governor and our conservative attorney general.”

This is the just the latest action by the Attorney General’s Office against the city. Over the summer- Paxton’s office sued, saying the ban on guns inside city hall was a violation of the open carry law.

The city maintained the building was exempt because the municipal court has proceedings inside city hall. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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