Austin passes ordinance to give renters 60-day grace period

Posted at 7:02 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 08:02:13-04

AUSTIN, TX — The city of Austin passed an emergency ordinance this week that gives a 60-day grace period to renters.

The ordinance bars landlords from evicting tenants due to their in ability to pay rent during the outbreak. The ordinance may be extended, depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic 60 days from now. You can view the draft of the ordinance here.

They also passed a resolution to have the city look at ways to reduce the impact of utility bills to Austin residents during this time. In addition, the city tweeted out they are working on a deal to offer $35,000 capital loans from small businesses and non-profits.