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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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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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  • Roommates

    Read this to find out what you can do if you have problems with a roommate. Content Detail

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

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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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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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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español
  • 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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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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    Spanish / Español
  • Subleases

    Read this to find out what a "sublease" is and the pitfalls of "subletting." Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Tenants Advisor
  • Sue Your Landlord

    Suing your landlord is relatively easy. The hard part is knowing when to sue your landlord. Always try to work out any problems with your landlord. If that doesn't work, this will guide you through the process of suing your landlord in small claims court. This document give a general overview. There are also forms on Texas Tenant Advisor for many of the specific topics listed there and on TexasLawHelp, so first look to see if your problem is addressed. Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Tenants Advisor
  • 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