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  • Retaliation

    Retaliation is when the landlord wrongfully takes action against a tenant for exercising their rights. Read this to find out when retaliation is illegal and what you can do if your landlord wrongfully retaliates against you. Read More

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Eviction Appeals to County Court

    If the Justice of the Peace (J.P.) judge rules against you in an eviction case and signs a Judgment for your eviction, you have the right to appeal. If you do not appeal the decision of the J.P. within five days and you do not move out, your landlord can ask the J.P. for a ?writ of possession?, which allows the constable or sheriff to give you a 24-hour warning and then to supervise the removal of your family and your belongings from the premises. Read More

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Utility Shut-Offs

    A landlord may not interrupt a tenant?s utility services, including electricity, water, wastewater, or gas services, unless for bona fide repairs, construction or an emergency. This is true whether utility services are paid by you directly to the utility company or if they are furnished by the landlord through your tenancy. Read More

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  • Utility Shut-Offs by Utility Companies for Landlord Nonpayment

    If a utility company disconnects service or gives written notice that service is about to be cut off because a landlord who is supposed to furnish utilities has not paid the utility bill, then the landlord is liable to the tenant regardless of whether the unit is "all bills paid," submetered, or mastermetered. Read More

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