Recent Legislation

Prohibiting Source of Income Ordinances 

SB 267 by Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock)/Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Kingswood) - Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of the rental or leasing of housing accommodations. This TAA bill prevents municipalities and counties from passing or enforcing ordinances or regulations that require renting to persons if the person receives federal housing assistance, such as Section 8. The bill, however, contains an exception for housing assistance to veterans and also allows ordinances that prohibit discrimination against other sources of income. The bill also clearly allows incentives and other voluntary measures aimed at increasing participation in federal housing assistance programs. 

Landlord/Tenant Bills 

HB 1334 by Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches)/Sen. José Menéndez (D-San Antonio) - Relating to the appeal of a residential eviction suit. TAA affirmative legislation that helps ensure that if a surety bond is used to appeal an eviction that the bond is valid and not used merely as an attempt to delay a legitimate eviction. Status: Awaiting governor’s consideration. 

HB 1510 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston)/Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) - Relating to liability of persons who lease dwellings to persons with criminal records. TAA affirmative legislation, which would give rental property owners who choose to rent to non-violent ex-offenders relief from liability.  

SB 1367 by Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) - Relating to certain obligations of and limitations on landlords. Omnibus landlord/tenant bill addressing issues such as notice given to residents following the sale of a property, penalties for improper landlord liens and prohibiting the ability to waive a resident’s right to a jury trial. A committee substitute for the bill adds language sought by TAA to clarify the bill.