On May 7th, Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued an updated order barring landlords from issuing notices to vacate to tenant in the City of Austin. Residential landlords are prohibited from issuing a notice to vacate through July 25th except for instances involving criminal activity or where the tenant, tenant’s household, or guests, pose an imminent threat of physical harm to the landlord or other tenants. The order also prohibits landlords from removing property or excluding tenants from their rental home and from seizing the tenant’s nonexempt property subject to a lien.
On the same day, the Austin City Council extended its ordinance giving tenants 60 days to catch up on late rent before a landlord can proceed with an eviction. The ordinance now runs to August 24th. Under the ordinance, landlords must give tenants 60 days to catch up on late rent before a landlord can proceed with issuing a notice to vacate, which is required before an eviction can be filed. The cities of Dallas and San Marcos have adopted similar ordinances.