Victims of Hurricane Harvey have spoken out after landlords demanded rent from their flooded, uninhabitable homes.
As they piece their lives back together, buying new furniture and other belongings after replacing those lost and finding alternate accommodation, some have been slapped with fees from landlords, who demand rent for the flooded homes the victims had to flee.
Rocio Fuentes told The Guardian she has been asked for money by her landlord.
She said: "Our landlords say we have to pay rent and late fees and every day it is going up.
"We are paying rent for somewhere we can’t live in. They said ‘you aren’t the only ones in this situation’, but what are we supposed to do? We don’t have any money. We don’t have anything."
Texas property code states that if a property is "totally unusable" due to a disaster then either the landlord or tenant can terminate the lease through written notice.