Post-Harvey rental disputes mount

The Houston Housing Authority, which owns the building, said it asked residents to leave because of health and safety concerns.

News Story (Texas)

Nancy Sarnoff
Houston Chronicle
September 26, 2017

Tags: Disaster Recovery, Housing: Eviction, Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Organizations mentioned/involved: Lone Star Legal Aid


Similar scenarios are playing out elsewhere in Houston, where tenants of flooded apartment buildings have had to find other living arrangements, even if their units did not flood. In some cases, the matters are going to court.


Beyond the initial disputes over canceling leases, other related issues could arise, including security deposits and rent reductions, said Richard Tomlinson of Lone Star Legal Aid, which has filed several requests for temporary retraining orders against landlords in Harvey-affected areas.

On Friday, a temporary restraining order expires on a case filed for two residents of Forest Creek Apartments in northeast Houston who were told their leases were being terminated and that if their personal items were not removed, they would be thrown away.