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Affordable housing helps ensure some of our most vulnerable Texans have homes. Affordable housing is highly specialized and regulated within the rental housing industry. TAA is committed to educating our members about applicable regulations and working with policymakers to establish programs to facilitate the development and operation of affordable housing properties.

TAA offers robust education and resources on affordable housing, including certifications, webinars and the latest regulatory changes. Visit taa.org/events/ to learn more.

Cities have the authority to impose fees for the development and operation of rental housing properties, and TAA and our members know firsthand how these fees significantly impact housing affordability. While some municipal fees may be necessary, the cost must be transparent and reasonably related to its underlying purpose. We will continue efforts to increase the transparency of new or additional fees imposed by cities.

We encourage members to stay informed about local ordinances and regulations regarding city fees where your rental properties are located. Please check with your local association for information and resources specific to your area.

TAA advocates for a consistent, statewide, predictable legal process for evictions. We encourage our members to stay up-to-date on TAA’s lease materials, REDBOOK and educational resources to help manage the eviction process properly and navigate applicable eviction laws.

Evictions are a difficult and costly process, both for the property owner and the resident, but they are a necessary legal option when a resident does not pay their rent on time or when they violate the terms of their lease agreement. TAA encourages residents to thoroughly review their lease before signing it and to communicate with their property owner or manager if they have any questions.

TAA members provide nearly 3 million rental homes that fit the diverse needs of Texans, are well-maintained and are professionally managed. Our members work diligently to provide quality housing for the more than 7 million Texans who reside in rental homes.

TAA advocates for market-driven public policies that encourage the development, construction, and operation of quality rental housing in Texas to meet the ever-changing needs of a diverse and growing state. You can find more information on our advocacy efforts at https://www.taa.org/advocacy/2023-legislative-session-bills/.

Housing affordability is a significant issue in Texas, and it will come as no surprise that expenses contributing to market rents, such as property tax, insurance, building materials, equipment, and labor, have risen sharply over the past several years. TAA advocates for public policies that encourage the development, construction, and operation of quality rental housing in Texas to meet the ever-changing needs of a diverse and growing state and the people who call it home.

TAA represents nearly 12,000 members who build, manage and maintain a diverse array of housing across our large state. It is essential to have consistent statewide policies and procedures so rental property owners can continue to operate across multiple markets. HB 2127, the preemption bill (effective September 1, 2023), maintains a statewide policy and legal procedure to govern evictions, among other issues.

Property taxes are currently the single largest operating expense for rental housing owners in Texas, and we welcome all efforts to reduce this rising cost and ensure a predictable, consistent tax process across the state. TAA will continue our efforts toward property tax relief to ensure a healthy, growing economy for all Texans.

TAA supports market-driven public policies that facilitate the development, construction and operation of rental housing that meets the needs of all Texans. HB 2071 adds the appropriate guardrails to Public Facility Corporations (PFCs), and TAA supports the use of PFCs as a tool to help deliver much-needed housing to the state while ensuring fairness and transparency for all rental housing property owners.

Squatting occurs when a person occupies a home or apartment without the owner’s permission. Typically, to remove a squatter from a home or apartment, property owners must go through the judicial eviction process. Because the judicial eviction process is often lengthy and expensive, the presence of squatters leaves property owners, their employees and their residents in a vulnerable position while also diminishing the availability of housing for those who need it. We need reforms that allow for quicker, simpler, and a more cost-effective eviction process to protect property owners and ensure the safety of our communities.