First They Fought the Storm; Now, They Fight Their Landlord

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, many beleaguered South Texas residents are facing demands to pay rent on apartments that are uninhabitable, or that they can't even get to.

News Story (Texas)

Ben Popken
NBC News
September 9, 2017

Tags: Disaster Recovery

Organizations mentioned/involved: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)


The disaster hotline for the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid organization, a non-profit that provides free legal services to low-income residents, has been getting over 100 calls a day. The majority of calls involve landlord and tenant disputes, said Communications Director Nancy Nusser.

“There are three problems,” Nusser told NBC News in an email. “Landlords telling tenants they have to pay rent, even though their apartments were flooded and are now uninhabitable; landlords telling tenants they have to do their own repairs; landlords telling tenants they have to pay rent until they can get their things out of the apartment, even though they can’t get to the apartment.”