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Source of Income Ordinance blocked

Monday, March 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

On Friday, the Fifth U.S. Court of Appeals granted an injunction that stops Austin from enforcing its new Source of Income Ordinance. City Council passed the ordinance in December, and the Austin Apartment Association immediately filed suit. Council intended to expand housing options for low-income residents by passing the ordinance. The Austin Apartment Association says the ordinance interferes with property rights and forces landlords to participate in federal programs. In February, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks denied an injunction to block the ordinance, but it was blocked on appeal. A reply asking the court not to block the ordinance is expected today.

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