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2021 Texas Tenant/Landlord Legislation

56 bills were filed in the Texas Legislature in the landlord/tenant category. They can be seen here. TTU followed the bills listed below related to tenants’ rights, fair housing, and affordable housing. This legislative session ended in May. The next regular session of the Texas Legislature will be January – May 2023.

HB 279Author:Rosenthal
Last Action: H Left pending in House Business & Industry Committee on March 16, 2021 
Caption:Relating to pet deposits or fees collected by landlords.
HB 314Author:Collier
Last Action:H Referred to Business & Industry: Feb 25 2021
Caption:Relating to the provision of access to a dwelling by a landlord to a cotenant or occupant who commits certain offenses.
HB 531Author:

Sponsor:
Walle | Morales Shaw | Hernandez

Huffman
Last Actions: 06/18/2021 E Effective on 1/1/22
Caption:Relating to notice requirements for a leased dwelling located in a floodplain.
HB 628Author:Rosenthal | Bernal | Johnson, Jarvis
Last Action:05/13/2021 H Placed on General State Calendar
Caption:Relating to prohibiting an increase in the rent of a tenant residing in a development supported with a low income housing tax credit allocation.
HB 754Author:Cain
Last Action: 05/07/2021 H Failed to receive affirmative vote in comm.
Caption:Relating to certain municipal requirements imposed on a landlord of a dwelling or a multiunit complex.
HB 875Author:
Lopez
Last Action:04/23/2021 H Considered in Calendars
Caption:Relating to the prohibition of housing discrimination on the basis of age or certain housing needs and to the enforcement of that prohibition.
HB 886Author:Rosenthal
Last Action:H Left pending in the Urban Affairs Committee on Wednesday, April 7
Caption:Relating to the repeal of the prohibition against certain municipal or county regulation of the rental or leasing of housing accommodations.
HB 900Author:
Sponsor:

Huberty
Springer
Last Action: 06/15/2021 E Effective on 9/1/21
Caption:Relating to the liability of a landlord for damages resulting from the execution of a writ of possession in an eviction suit.
HB 1470Author:Rodriguez
Last Action:3/5/2021 H Referred to Business & Industry
Caption:Relating to the prohibition of housing discrimination on the basis of a person’s source of income and to the enforcement of that prohibition.
HB 1159Author:Murr
Last Action:05/26/2021 S Placed on local & uncontested calendar
Caption:Relating to the maximum judgment amount awarded by a justice court in certain civil cases regarding the repair of residential rental property.
HB1470Author:Rodriguez
Last Action:H Referred to Business & Industry: Mar 5 2021
Caption:Relating to the prohibition of housing discrimination on the basis of a person’s source of income and to the enforcement of that prohibition
HB 1532Author:Reynolds
Last Action:H Referred to Business & Industry: Mar 8 2021
Caption:Relating to a temporary abatement of evictions of residential tenants during a pandemic.
HB 1604Author:Murphy
LastAction:H Referred to Urban Affairs: Mar 9 2021
Caption:
Relating to requirements for beneficial tax treatment related to a leasehold or other possessory interest in a public facility used to provide affordable housing.
HB 1647Author:Walle | Crockett | Collier
Last Action:04/27/2021 H Passed
04/27/2021 S Received from the House
Caption:Relating to the confidentiality of eviction case information for evictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
HB 1930Author:Walle | Ramos | Collier
LastAction:04/28/2021 H Passed
04/28/2021 S Received from the House
Caption:Relating to landlord and tenant dispute information reported by justice courts to the Office of Court Administration of the Texas Judicial System and made accessible to the public.
HB 1963Author:Beckley
Last Action:H Referred to Business & Industry: Mar 15 2021 
Caption:Relating to the regulation of short-term rentals by a property owners’ association.
HB 2537Author:Reynolds
Last Action:H Referred to County Affairs: Mar 17 2021
Caption:Relating to county regulation of short-term rental units in the unincorporated area of certain counties; authorizing a civil penalty; authorizing a fe
HB 2617Author:Lopez | Crockett
Last Action:H Left pending in Business & Industry on April 20, 2021
Caption:Relating to the rights of a residential tenant and duties of a landlord regarding a security deposit provided by the tenant.
HB 2801Author:Hernandez
Last Action:H Referred to Business & Industry Mar 18 2021
Caption:Relating to requiring a notice of proposed eviction for residential and commercial leases after a failure to pay rent.
HB 2906Author:Bernal | Campos
Last Action:04/20/2021 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption:Relating to the disposition of rental payments received by public housing authorities from tenants.
HB 3036Author:Campos
Last Action:H Referred to Business & Industry: Mar 19 2021 
Caption:Relating to a temporary abatement of evictions for failure to pay rent during and after a disaster.
HB 3358Author:Rodriguez
Last Action:H Referred to Business & Industry: Mar 22 2021
Caption:Relating to prohibited retaliation against residential tenants by landlords.
HB 3479Author:Rose
LastAction:H Referred to Business & Industry: Mar 22 2021
Caption:Relating to the prohibition of housing discrimination on the basis of an individual’s criminal history and to the enforcement of that prohibition.
HB 3490Author:Deshotel
LastAction:H Referred to Ways & Means: Mar 22 2021
Caption:Relating to the authority of an owner of residential rental property on which a tenant has defaulted on the obligation to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic to pay the ad valorem taxes imposed on the property in installments.
HB 3504Author:Lambert | Darby
Last Action:05/05/2021 H Comm. report sent to Local & Consent Calendar
Caption:Relating to repairs made pursuant to a tenant’s notice of intent to repair and the refund of a tenant’s security deposit.
HB 3541Author:Turner, Chris
Last Action:05/14/2021 H Placed on Local, Consent, and Res. Calendar
Caption:Relating to a fee in lieu of a security deposit for a residential lease.
HB 3560Author:Zwiener
Last Action: H Left pending in the Business & Industry Committee on 4/06/2021
Caption:Relating to the interruption of utility service by a residential landlord.
HB 3639Author:Lopez
LastAction:H Referred to State Affairs: Mar 22 2021
Caption:Relating to notice to a customer or tenant required after an intentional shutoff of electric and water service.
HB 3882Author:Lopez
Last Action:04/20/2021 H Left pending in committee in Business & Industry
Caption:Relating to a landlord’s duty to inspect for and treat bedbugs in residential rental units.
HB 3903Author:Wu
Last Action: H Left pending in Business & Industry 04/13/2021
Caption:Relating to the confidentiality of eviction case information.
HB 4039Author:Walle
Last Action:H Referred to Business & Industry: Mar 29 2021
Caption:Relating to certain rights and duties of residential tenants and landlords; imposing civil penalties.
HB 4059Author:Meza
Last Action: H Scheduled for public hearing on 04/13/2021 in Business & Industry
Caption:Relating to a tenant’s right to terminate a residential lease following certain outages of essential utilities.
HB 4077Author:Turner, Chris
Last Action:H Referred to Business & Industry: Mar 29 2021
Caption:Relating to the duty of a residential landlord to send notification of an interruption in water service.
HB 4104Author:Johnson, Jarvis | Guillen
LastAction:H Referred to Business & Industry: Mar 29 2021
Caption:Relating to a student’s right to vacate and avoid liability under a residential lease following certain declared disasters.
HB 4444Author:Neave | Guillen
Last Action:H Referred to Business & Industry: Mar 29 2021
Caption:Relating to the authority of counties to prohibit evictions during a declaration of disaster.
HB 4490Author:Walle
Last Action:H Referred to Business & Industry: Mar 29 2021
Caption:Relating to a landlord’s liability to a tenant for a casualty loss to residential rental premises caused by the landlord.
HB 4410Author:Sanford
Last Action:H Referred to Business & Industry: Mar 29 2021
Caption:Relating to the consideration of the criminal history of an applicant for an apartment lease.
SB 265Author:West
Last Action:03/03/2021 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption:Relating to the prohibition of housing discrimination on the basis of a person’s source of income and to the enforcement of that prohibition.
SB 308Author:Eckhardt
Last Action:03/09/2021 S Referred to Local Government
Caption:Relating to prohibiting an increase in the rent of a tenant residing in a development supported with a low income housing tax credit allocation.
SB 314Author:Huffman
Last Action:03/09/2021 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption:Relating to notice requirements for leased residential property, manufactured home lots, or commercial property located in a flood zone.
SB 417Author:Miles
Last Action:03/09/2021 S Referred to Jurisprudence
Caption:Relating to reports to the Office of Court Administration of the Texas Judicial System on certain cases filed in justice and municipal courts.
SB 591 Author:Bettencourt
Last Action:03/11/2021 S Referred to Local Government
Caption:
Relating to requirements for beneficial tax treatment related to a leasehold or other possessory interest in a public facility used to provide affordable housing.
SB 558Author:Zaffirini
Last Action:03/11/2021 S Referred to Jurisprudence
Caption:Relating to the confidentiality of eviction case information.
SB 1040Author:Eckhardt
Last Action:03/18/2021 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption:Relating to a landlord’s notice to residential tenants regarding rent increases.
SB 1288Author:Eckhardt
Last Action:03/18/2021 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption:Relating to criminal history screening of applicants for residential tenancies; imposing civil penalties.
SB 1783Author:
Sponsor:
Creighton
Turner, Chris
Last Action:05/30/2021 E Effective on 9/1/21
Caption:Relating to a fee collected by a landlord in lieu of a security deposit.

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