Two Months After Harvey, Landlord Evicts Tenants Due to Uninhabitable Conditions

According to the generic letters stuck to residents' doors, the property owner decided to declare the damage to the units is "so extensive that your unit has become totally unusable as a practical matter for residential purposes.

News Story (Texas)

Meagan Flynn
Houston Press
October 27, 2017

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

Organizations mentioned/involved: Lone Star Legal Aid


Still, Rich Tomlinson, director of litigation for Lone Star Legal Aid, in this specific case, the fact that residents have been living in the apartments for two months could be used against the owners legally if tenants who, for financial or other reasons, are unable to leave and want to challenge the evictions. “If they were accepting rent, then that’s pretty strong evidence that they thought the place was habitable to some extent,” Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson, whose organization has won seven temporary restraining orders against landlords who have issued notices to vacate to tenants since Harvey, said that this is the latest he has seen property owners asking people to leave.