New law will make it harder for landlords to evict tenants who rent illegally
A new law in the state of Texas will make evicting tenants who live in rental units illegal.
Under the law, landlords who evict tenants on their own property would be forced to get approval from a court order to do so.
The new law will require landlords to obtain permission from the county sheriff to evict people, not from the local government.
It also allows for fines for landlords who do not get approval.
A judge will decide whether the eviction will be enforced.
The bill was approved by the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, but the Senate approved it by a 50-49 vote.
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Texas’ new law would take effect immediately, and it would be a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act if it were enforced.
But it would not take effect until the county jails or sheriffs’ offices receive approval from the court.
It would apply to all rental units in the county.
It would not affect the way that Texas jails and sheriffs operate.
House Bill 672, which would require counties to get permission from local governments before evicting someone, passed the House on Tuesday by a vote of 23-17.
House Bill 682, which requires sheriffs to obtain approval from county judges before eviction, passed on a voice vote in the Senate on Wednesday.
The Tribune reached out to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for comment but did not receive a response by the time of publication.
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