Texas Supreme Court Sides with Homeowners in Dispute Over Short-Term Rentals to Travelers

One popular subject of recent litigation is suits by cities and neighborhoods to prevent homeowners from allowing travelers to use their homes for short-term rentals through companies like VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner). In Tarr v. Timberwood Park Owners Association, Inc., __ S.W.3d __, No. 16-1005, 2018 WL 2372594 (Tex., May 25, 2018), the Texas Supreme Court tackled one such lawsuit, addressing whether the plaintiff’s short-term vacation rentals of his home in San Antonio violated certain restrictive covenants of his subdivision, which limited residential tracts to “residential purposes” and “single-family residences.” Read More

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