Houston Families Are Being Required to Pay Rent Despite Hurricane Harvey

Houston residents and those in neighboring towns in Texas are in the midst of picking up the pieces following the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. There have been hundreds of thousands displaced by flooding and the situation has become a bit more grim for those affected. According to The Guardian, some Houston tenants are still being hit with rent charges and late fees for apartments and homes they can't live in. The flood has left Houston with a growing housing crisis. As of Monday, the Houston area had roughly 180,000 badly damaged homes. The shortage of housing spells out a conflict brewing between tenants and landlords. Lawyer Saundra Brown of Lone Star Legal Aid stated that "right now there are going to be many landlord-tenant issues: people who don’t think they should give back the security deposit for flooded properties." Brown continued, "there will be people who will try to kick out their tenants because their brother-in-law needs some place to stay. There’s going to be a severe shortage of rental space in the community."
(FreshAsFrankie) Houston residents and those in neighboring towns in Texas are in the midst of picking up the pieces following the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

There have been hundreds of thousands displaced by flooding and the situation has become a bit more grim for those affected. According to The Guardian, some Houston tenants are still being hit with rent charges and late fees for apartments and homes they can’t live in. The flood has left Houston with a growing housing crisis. As of Monday, the Houston area had roughly 180,000 badly damaged homes. The shortage of housing spells out a conflict brewing between tenants and landlords. Lawyer Saundra Brown of Lone Star Legal Aid stated that “right now there are going to be many landlord-tenant issues: people who don’t think they should give back the security deposit for flooded properties.” Brown continued, “there will be people who will try to kick out their tenants because their brother-in-law needs some place to stay. There’s going to be a severe shortage of rental space in the community.”

Source: The Guardian

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