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  • Protecting Yourself Before You Sign A Lease

    Please click this link to find out what you need to do to protect yourself BEFORE signing a lease. Read More

    By:
    Texas Tenants Advisor; Austin Tenant's Council
  • Application Fees

    When you apply to rent a residence, some landlords charge a nonrefundable application fee to pay for the costs or screening a rental application. They may also ask for an application deposit, which is refundable to you if you are rejected as a tenant. Typically, if you are accepted as a tenant, your application will provide that your application deposit is converted in all or part into your security deposit. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español
  • Cash Rental Payments

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    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español
  • Early Termination of Lease

    You should read your lease carefully to see if it allows you to move out before your lease expires, and, if it does, what sort of notice to your landlord is required. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español
  • Texas Tenants Advisor

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    By:
    Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
  • Finding Out Who Owns the Property

    As a tenant, you have the right to know the name and address of the owner of the premises. You also have the right to know the name and street address of any property management company that is managing your house or apartment. The landlord may satisfy the duty of disclosure by providing you with a written copy of the information, by having the information posted continuously in a conspicuous place in the apartment complex or resident manager's office, or by having the information included in your copy of the written lease agreement or house rules. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español
  • Landlord and Tenants Guide

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    By:
    Real Estate Center -- Mays Business School
  • Landlord Claims Against You for Debt

    If your former landlord claims you owe a debt as a result of your tenancy, you should contact the landlord with a proposal for resolving this matter. Often landlords are willing to accept less than the amount they originally say you owe. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español
  • Landlord Seizure of Property

    Under Texas law, a landlord cannot seize any of your property for delinquent rent unless you have a written lease that allows such action (enforcing a landlord lien) and that section is underlined or in conspicuous bold print. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español