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Laws that affect apartment owners and renters

Laws that affect apartment owners and renters

House Bill 2824 Helps Tenants Appealing an Eviction

Rep. Elliott Naishtat of Austin has filed House Bill 2824 in the Texas House of Representatives. If passed, this bill would require a court to appoint a lawyer to represent a tenant who has filed a pauper’s affidavit in an appeal of an eviction judgment.

House Bill 2427 Addresses Tenant-Landlord Issues

Rep. Joe Deshotel of Beaumont has filed House Bill 2427 in the Texas House of Representatives. This bill addresses a number of tenant-landlord issues including:

  • A tenant’s right to terminate a lease without penalty due to job loss or violent crime;
  • Amounts owed to a landlord if a tenant terminates a lease early without cause;
  • When a landlord may enter a rental unit;
  • When a landlord may report a debt to a credit reporting agency;
  • Evictions;
  • Reimbursement of utility services if the landlord uses a tenant’s electricity; and
  • No discrimination based on a tenant’s source of income.

Call your state representative to let him/her know your thoughts on the proposed legislation. Find out who represents you.

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