Texas

Landlord-Tenant

Legal Resources

  • Texas Tenants Advisor

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    By:
    Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
  • Utilities

    Special rules for utilities apply for renters. These rules mainly apply to the landlord. Read this if you are a renter and are having problems with your utilities that may be related to your landlord. If the problem is with your utility company, you should contact the utility or the Public Utility Commission's Customer Protection Division. Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Tenants Advisor
  • Who Owns the Property?

    Who owns the property where you are renting? As a tenant, you have right to know who owns the property and the name and address of the management company (if there is one) that runs the property. Read this to find out more. Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Tenants Advisor
  • Eviction from Mobile Home Parks

    If you own your mobile home and are renting a lot from a mobile home park, you have additional protections if you face the threat of eviction. Of course, you should try to talk to your landlord to see if you can resolve your differences. Your interest may be better served if you work something out without having to go to court. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español
  • Evictions in Justice of the Peace (J.P.) Court

    If you are being threatened with eviction, you should try to talk to your landlord to see if you can resolve your differences. Your interests may be better served if you work something out with the landlord without having to go to court. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español
  • 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
  • Right to Summon Police

    A landlord may not prohibit or limit a tenant's right to summon police or other emergency assistance in response to family violence. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español
  • Security Deposits

    A landlord can only deduct from your security deposit any rent, damages, and other charges for which you are legally liable under the lease agreement. Read More

    By:
    Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español
  • Suing for Repairs in Justice of the Peace Court

    If you have followed the proper procedure to seek repairs from your landlord, and your landlord has not made those necessary repairs, then you can sue to enforce your landlord?s duty to make those repairs. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español
  • Tenant Lock-Outs

    A landlord may only exercise a lock-out if your lease allows your landlord to do so. Even if your landlord locks you out, your landlord must always provide you with a key to re-enter the residence. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español