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Links on legal help, bed bugs, towing, utilities, & more.


Austin Tenants’ CouncilTenant/landlord and fair housing help for Austin residents  
BASTA AustinOrganizing help for Austin tenants  
Legal Aid Offices in TexasFree legal help for low-income people  
Lone Star Legal Aid

(800) 733-8394 – 14 branch offices in the Eastern part of the state extending from Texarkana to Angleton. Covers some central parts of the state including Belton and Waco.  
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas1-888-529-5277 – 14 branch offices in the North Central and Western parts of the state including the DFW area, Lubbock, Amarillo, Odessa, and Abilene  
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

1-888-988-9996 – 12 offices in South, Central and West Texas including Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi,  El Paso, the entire Rio Grande Valley and the entire Texas-Mexico border  
Dallas Eviction Advocacy CenterFree legal advice for Texas tenants facing eviction
Email DallasEvictions2020@gmail.com or Text 469-436-2704
Dealing with Credit Reports & Tenant Screening Services https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb/how-long-can-information-like-eviction-actions-and-lawsuits-stay-on-my-tenant-screening-record-en-2104/
If you think your rights have been violated by a tenant screening company, you can submit a complaint to the CFPB online. 
How to Sue in Justice  
Helpful Information on How to Sue from the State Bar of Texas  
Texas Workforce Commission Civil RightsDivision
North Texas Fair Housing Center
Greater Houston Fair Housing Center
Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio
To file a discrimination complaint  
Texas County Appraisal DistrictsCan be useful in obtaining ownership information from tax records  
Texas Department of Housing       and Community AffairsState Housing Agency  
Texas Low Income Housing Information ServiceAffordable housing and tenant/landlord information  
To find out who your elected representatives
Bed Bug Information  
Tenant OrganizingHow to Organize a Tenant Association (from the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Association in NY http://tenant.net/Organize/Lenox/lh-1.html
Towing Information  https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/media/pdf/Consumer%20Protection%20-%20TOW.pdf
Utility ComplaintsUtility Rules:

Central System or Non-submetered Master Metered Utilities (electricity) http://www.puc.texas.gov/agency/rulesnlaws/subrules/electric/25.141/25.141.pdf Electric Submetering for Apartments, Condominiums, and Mobile Home Parks http://www.puc.texas.gov/agency/rulesnlaws/subrules/electric/25.142/25.142.pdf  

Water Submetering and Allocation
General Rules and Definitions http://www.puc.texas.gov/agency/rulesnlaws/subrules/water/subchI/24.275/24.275.pdf Owner Registration and Records http://www.puc.texas.gov/agency/rulesnlaws/subrules/water/subchI/24.277/24.277.pdf Rental Agreement  http://www.puc.texas.gov/agency/rulesnlaws/subrules/water/subchI/24.279/24.279.pdf  Charges and Calculations http://www.puc.texas.gov/agency/rulesnlaws/subrules/water/subchI/24.281/24.281.pdf  Billing http://www.puc.texas.gov/agency/rulesnlaws/subrules/water/subchI/24.283/24.283.pdf  Complaint Jurisdiction http://www.puc.texas.gov/agency/rulesnlaws/subrules/water/subchI/24.285/24.285.pdf    Submeters or Point-of-Use Submeters and Plumbing Fixtures http://www.puc.texas.gov/agency/rulesnlaws/subrules/water/subchI/24.287/24.287.pdf  
National Organizations 
National Housing Law Project  
A support center for legal services agencies and to bolster their capacity on housing law.  
National Housing Trust  
A  national non-profit engaged in housing preservation through public policy advocacy, real estate development, and lending. 
National Low Income Housing Coalition    
A national non-profit dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
Housing Justice Center  
 A nonprofit public interest advocacy and legal organization whose primary mission is to preserve and expand affordable housing for low-income individuals and families.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development   Federal agency that oversees public housing, Section 8 vouchers, Project-based Section 8 and other programs.  
HUD Fair Housing Office Information about housing discrimination and complaint form  
HudclipsHUD notices, handbooks, and regulations relating to federally subsidized housing    
HuduserHousing data  
Find out what other tenants have said about an apartment about a place you are thinking about renting.  

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