New law protects landlords leasing to criminals
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A new law protects Texas landlords from liability when they lease apartments to persons with non-violent criminal histories.

The Texas News Service reports the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition has published a set of guidelines to help both landlords and potential tenants understand their rights under the new law.

The law was formulated with the Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition and other groups as diverse as the ACLU and the Texas Association of Business.

The guide instructs landlords about how the law works to protect them when they lease a dwelling to a tenant with a record. Another guide is written to instruct advocates and individuals seeking housing.