Speaker 1 [00:00:00] This is the Texas standard.
Speaker 2 [00:00:02] Well, landlords in Texas are now required to inform prospective renters whether their properties are in floodplains. This the result of a new law that went into effect January 1st. Jasper Shearer has been writing about this for the Houston Chronicle. He covers state politics there. Jasper, welcome to the Texas Standard. Good to have you.
Speaker 3 [00:00:20] Thanks for having me.
Speaker 2 [00:00:22] So what does this new law say specifically about when and how a landlord is supposed to tell prospective tenants about a location being in a floodplain?
Speaker 3 [00:00:30] Right, so as you noted, landlords have to tell their tenants, either prospective tenants or current tenants who are renewing their leases if the property is located inside a 100 year flood plain or if the property was damaged by flooding within the last five years. And the 100 year flood plain is kind of a a jargony term that’s supposed to refer to property that’s located in in an area where a storm that would occur every 100 years would flood. And as we’ve seen in recent storms, a lot of those maps are really out of date. So I think that’s what this law is trying to be kind of a catch all and also refer to those areas that have been flooded within the last five years as well. A lot of which are located outside of those those floodplains.
Speaker 2 [00:01:22] What are tenant advocates having to say about this? I mean, I’ve heard some say that this law might not be enough to insure people that live in places in flood plains are or actually know what the situation is, right?