It’s a scene that has happened in Austin and elsewhere: Older apartments, poorly maintained, show signs of hazardous conditions. City officials step in and order repairs. In the meantime, hard-working families with their rent paid now find themselves without housing — forced to leave behind possessions, locate other places to stay, and transport their children to school. Their lives are disrupted, through no fault of their own.
Cities throughout the United States, including several large Texas cities, have rental registration programs to lessen the likelihood of the above scenario and to make multi-family housing safer.
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Tovo and Martinez are members of the Austin City Council.