“They’re creating regulatory solutions that don’t have problems,” says Rob Henneke, formerly the elected county attorney of Kerr County, Texas, and an assistant attorney general before joining the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he now works as general counsel and is helping the Zaataris and several other families fight Austin’s intrusive new Short Term Rental ordinances. “The myth is that they had to step in and do this because there are short-term rentals that are Animal House, old-school fraternity houses with keggers every weekend, creating public disturbances every weekend. We’ve looked at all of the public records regarding short-term rentals and, in the four years they’ve been licensed, there have been only five complaints referred to municipal court for action.” Of the complaints and incidents that did not make it that far, the majority — 57 percent — were simply for operating without a license. Less than 10 percent were noise complaints and the like. “We’re not saying that there shouldn’t be any kind of regulation, but the heavy-handedness of this ordinance is way out of bounds,” Henneke says.