As summer ends and the cooler weather of fall arrives, Tripp Freeley yearned for the days of sun, sand and surf. So Tripp began planning his family’s vacation for next summer. A hotel would not work for Tripp, his wife and three young kids – they needed a house with multiple bedrooms. So Tripp went to an online short-term rental by owner website and reserved a house near the beach.
The next summer the family drove 7 hours from Dallas to the house. Shortly after they began getting situated there was a knock on the door. Tripp opened the door to find a local code compliance officer. The compliance officer told Tripp that the city made it illegal to rent the house, and they had 24 hours to vacate. Tripp is floored and mortified that his “perfect” family vacation is now ruined. Does the city have the right to ban property owners from renting their homes out on a short-term basis?