Bill Text: TX HB2665 | 2023-2024 | 88th Legislature | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relating to an interim study of the municipal regulation of short-term rental properties and residential amenity rental properties.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2023-05-10 - Received from the House [HB2665 Detail]

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  88R8211 SCL-F
  By: Gates H.B. No. 2665
  relating to regulation of short-term rental properties by
  municipalities and counties; authorizing a fee.
         SECTION 1.  Subtitle C, Title 7, Local Government Code, is
  amended by adding Chapter 247 to read as follows:
         Sec. 247.001.  DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
               (1)  "Local law" means an ordinance, order, regulation,
  or similar measure adopted by a municipality or county.
               (2)  "Short-term rental property" means a residential
  property, including a single-family dwelling or a unit in a
  condominium, cooperative, mixed-use development, or time-share,
  that is rented wholly or partly for a fee for a period not longer
  than 30 consecutive days. The term does not include:
                     (A)  a unit that is used for a nonresidential
  purpose, including an educational, health care, retail,
  restaurant, banquet space, or event center purpose or another
  similar use;
                     (B)  a bed and breakfast; or
                     (C)  a commercial lodging establishment,
  including a hotel or motel, that is not taxed as residential
  property under Title 1, Tax Code.
         Sec. 247.002.  CERTAIN LOCAL LAWS AUTHORIZED. A
  municipality or county may not adopt or enforce a local law
  applicable to a short-term rental property or a residential
  property intended to be used as a short-term rental property other
  than a local law that requires the owner or operator of the property
               (1)  register the property as a short-term rental
  property, including requiring the registrant to:
                     (A)  identify the property's owner and operator,
  and the owner's agent, as applicable;
                     (B)  identify the address of the property; and
                     (C)  pay a reasonable annual administrative fee in
  the amount necessary to process and administer the registration,
  not to exceed $100 a year;
               (2)  obtain all required tax registrations, receipts,
  or certificates issued by the state, a county, or a municipality;
               (3)  update the registration when information in the
  registration changes;
               (4)  comply with parking, noise, and solid waste
  handling and containment requirements applicable to other
  properties as well as short-term rental properties; and
               (5)  designate and maintain at all times a local
  responsible party who:
                     (A)  is domiciled in this state;
                     (B)  resides less than 50 miles from the property;
                     (C)  is capable of responding, including by
  telephone, to a complaint or other immediate problem not later than
  two hours after the complaint is made or the problem arises.
         Sec. 247.003.  CERTAIN LOCAL LAWS PROHIBITED.  Except as
  provided by this chapter, a municipality or county may not adopt or
  enforce a local law that:
               (1)  expressly or effectively prohibits the use of a
  property as a short-term rental property;
               (2)  regulates the duration or frequency of use of a
  property as a short-term rental property; or
               (3)  limits the number of occupants in a short-term
  rental property.
         Sec. 247.004.  EFFECT ON HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAXES.  This
  chapter does not affect the authority of a municipality or county to
  impose a hotel occupancy tax on a person using a short-term rental
  property in the same manner as the tax is imposed on a person using
  other property the use of which is subject to the tax.
         Sec. 247.005.  CONSTRUCTION OF CHAPTER.  (a)  This chapter
  may not be construed to:
               (1)  affect regulations of a private entity, including
  a property owners' association as defined by Section 202.001,
  Property Code;
               (2)  affect residential tenancies under Chapter 92,
  Property Code; or
               (3)  otherwise limit a property owner's rights under
  the laws of this state.
         (b)  A short-term rental property is subject to applicable
  federal, state, and local laws regarding rental discrimination.  
  This subsection is not intended to:
               (1)  impose an additional obligation other than an
  obligation that exists under applicable federal, state, and local
  law; or
               (2)  create an additional cause of action.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2023.