Tenant Bill of Rights

In the state of Texas, renters account for about half of households, and overwhelmingly outnumber landlords. Yet, tenants have a scant number of rights compared to those other groups. This is why we have joined with tenants and advocates alike across this state to establish a Tenant Bill of Rights.

We are starting this journey in San Antonio, but there has been a push to install tenants’ rights in multiple cities across Texas as well as a Statewide Bill of Rights. Here is where you can find the latest on our efforts to ensure that renters are guaranteed protections that entitle every renter to a safe and sanitary household,.


Watch this video explaining the Tenant Bill Of Rights below


This is what the San Antonio Tenant Bill of Rights Does: 

  1. Ensures that every unit rented in San Antonio meets minimum health and safety standards of basic utilities and facilities. 
  2. Ensures that all repairs done by landlords are made in a good faith.
  3. Makes it so that Military Veterans cannot be denied housing based on the Veteran’s lawful source of income to pay rent, which includes funding from a federal housing assistance program.
  4. Gives a tenant proper notice of a pending eviction, including an opportunity to cure for non payment of rent before an eviction filing is made.
  5. Gives the tenant a right to privacy and sets up guidelines for when management or landlords can enter into a tenants space. 
  6. Gives all tenants the right to organize, without ever having to worry about the threat of eviction or a decrease in services. 
  7. Creates a renter oversight commission that holds landlords accountable for their actions.

Esto es lo que hace la Carta de Derechos del Inquilino de San Antonio:

  1. Garantiza que todas las viviendas alquiladas en San Antonio cumplan las normas mínimas de seguridad y salubridad de los servicios e instalaciones básicas. 
  2. Asegura que todas las reparaciones hechas por los propietarios se hacen en buena fe.
  3. Hace que a los veteranos militares no se les pueda negar la vivienda basada en la fuente legal de ingresos del veterano para pagar el alquiler, que incluye la financiación de un programa federal de asistencia a la vivienda. 
  4. Da al inquilino una notificación adecuada de un desalojo pendiente, incluyendo la oportunidad de remediar la falta de pago del alquiler antes de que se presente una solicitud de desalojo.
  5. Da al inquilino el derecho a la privacidad y establece directrices sobre cuándo la administración o los propietarios pueden entrar en el espacio del inquilino.
  6. Da a todos los inquilinos el derecho a organizarse, sin tener que preocuparse nunca por la amenaza de desalojo o la disminución de los servicios. 
  7. Crea una comisión de supervisión de los inquilinos que hace que los propietarios sean responsables de sus acciones.

Resources

Petition for Tenant Bill of Rights

Getting Involved

For more information, you can email macuna@organizetexas.org.