Action on proposals before the Austin City Council to create an opportunity to cure for lease violations, as well as add tenant organizing protections against retaliation, is expected to come up for consideration at a September 29 council meeting. The opportunity to cure provisions would require owners to give an additional 21 days’ notice prior to filing most eviction actions. Meanwhile the tenant organizing proposal greatly expands general rights to organize provided under state law.
The Austin Apartment Association has been spearheading opposition to the proposals because of concerns that they would impede the eviction process, exceed provisions in the Property Code, and make it more difficult and expensive to manage rental properties.
The proposals were originally slated to come up for a vote on September 1, but action was delayed until the end of the month, and city staff has indicated that the issues will be taken up as part of two separate ordinances, rather than a single ordinance (as was originally proposed).
Austin rental property owners/managers are encouraged to respond to any action alerts from AAA and TAA to help fight these efforts. Regardless of the outcome, TAA will be pursuing affirmative legislation in the 2023 session to clarify that cities and counties do not have the authority to pass regulations that impact the eviction process.