Looking In On The Legislature: What CRE Needs to Watch in the 2021 Session

Nearly two years after their last meeting, Texas state lawmakers are gathering in Austin for the 87th Legislature’s regular session. For 140 days, they will debate, discuss and ultimately decide on measures of importance to Texans. “The saying goes ‘No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session,’ and it’s true,” said Reid Wilson. If anyone would know, it’s Wilson, preeminent land use attorney and chairman of Wilson Cribbs + Goren, one of the go-to real estate boutiques in Texas. Along with being a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) and one of few practicing real estate attorneys holding the Counselors of Real Estate designation (CRE), he’s also currently serving as the chair of the Real Estate Probate and Trust Law section of the State Bar of Texas (REPTL), the bar’s largest section. “This session, REPTL’s presenting several bills to the Legislature on what we call ‘good government,’ such as cleanup, clarification and updates of real estate statutes,” Wilson said. “We say that REPTL is the keeper of Texas real estate statutes and we want to make them clear, up-to-date and unambiguous, benefiting our attorney members, the industry and the public.” For example, one bill changes provisions in the Landlord and Tenant section of the Texas Property Code. When it comes to certain tenant-made repairs, current text dictates repair services found in the Yellow Pages! Click to read more at www.rednews.com.