ASK THE EDITOR: What is happening with Grapevine's short-term rentals lawsuit?

In September, Grapevine began to enforce its long-standing ban on short-term rentals. Officials said the increase in these rentals and the resulting noise complaints led to the enforcement.

In September, Grapevine began to enforce its long-standing ban on short-term rentals. Officials said the increase in these rentals and the resulting noise complaints led to the enforcement.

The trial over Grapevine’s short-term rentals ban has been delayed.

The case was scheduled to go to trial Aug. 5. But Grapevine filed an appeal claiming the court lacked the authority to hear the case. The city also claimed that even if the court granted the short-term rental owners’ request, the city’s enforcement of its own zoning ordinance would remain. That zoning ordinance prohibits short-term rentals.

“The City has been and continues to work to protect the integrity of its residential neighborhoods,” Grapevine City Attorney Matthew Boyle said in an email.

No new trial date has been set.

“[The] trial is put off for months, maybe more than year,” Patrick Sutton, an attorney for the residents, said in an email.

The city of Grapevine banned short-term rentals last September. Grapevine property owners sued the city not long after. A temporary injunction allows the residents to continue renting their properties, Sutton said.

Have a question about an issue, project or process in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake? Send an email to gcsnews@communityimpact.com.
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the McKinney edition.


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