Fire safety experts say planning, quick reaction key

As smoke poured through the halls a New York City high-rise on Sunday, killing 17 people in the Bronx, tenants were faced with a life-or-death decision: Should they stay put or try to escape? Several survivors later told reporters that when they saw their hallways fill with smoke, they returned to their apartments to await…

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Texas enacts nation’s strongest flood disclosure law

The nation’s strongest flood-disclosure law for rental properties has taken effect in Texas and is forcing landlords to tell prospective tenants whether an apartment has been flooded and whether it’s in a flood zone. The Texas law, which took effect Jan. 1, is the first to require landlords to disclose both the flood history of…

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New law requires Texas landlords to notify renters of flood risk

If you’re looking for a new apartment that could be in a flood zone, the landlord will have to tell you about the risk under a new law that starts Saturday. A bill authored by Houston state Rep. Armando Walle and approved by state lawmakers this spring orders landlords to tell prospective tenants if their…

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New Texas law warns renters of flood-prone properties

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Starting in January landlords must abide by a new law warning renters of the potential flood risk for a property. The bill authored by Texas Representative Armando Walle was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott this summer. “All we want to do is empower communities, empower tenants of their rights and one…

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Dallas Launches Housing Development Fund To Fuel Economic Growth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Today, the Dallas City Council approved a public-private investment plan to finance developments that build and sustain housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income households. The $6 million grant will seed the new Dallas Housing Opportunity Fund (DHOF). The fund is a targeted response to Dallas’ urgent need for additional affordable housing units and…

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