AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (TPPF) General Counsel and Director of the Center for the American Future is available to discuss the application for a temporary injunction against the City of Austin’s short-term rental (STR) ordinance. The Travis County District Court will hold a hearing on the injunction Wednesday, July 20 at 9:00 a.m. at the Travis County Courthouse.
            “Our client Ms. Hebert, while staying at a short-term rental property, wants to have friends over for dinner to watch the Democratic National Convention,” said Henneke. “Unfortunately, the City’s STR Ordinance makes it a crime to have more than five friends over to watch television or have dinner on the back porch. The restrictions that the City’s STR ordinance imposes on short-term rental property tenants are too onerous to remain pending trial. Privacy and freedom to assemble and associate are fundamental rights guaranteed under the Texas Constitution. One should not forfeit their rights simply by choosing to stay at a short-term rental property.”
            Last month, TPPF filed a lawsuit to halt the City of Austin’s short-term rental (STR) ordinance restricting property owners and guests. TPPF’s Center for the American Future, aided by the Center for Local Governance, represents individual property owners and short-term rental guests in the lawsuit, Zaatari et. al v. City of Austin, et al., which seeks declaratory and injunctive relief from the unconstitutional city ordinance.

            To schedule an interview with Mr. Henneke, please contact Caroline Espinosa at [email protected] or 512-472-2700. 
            For more information and to view the lawsuit, please visit:

The Honorable Robert Henneke is the Director of the Center for the American Future at TPPF. Before joining the Foundation, Robert served as the twice-elected Kerr County Attorney where he fought to protect the community through tough prosecution and brought conservative values to county government. Robert began his legal career serving as an Assistant Attorney General in the General Litigation division under the leadership of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the Federal District Courts in the Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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