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  • Mobile Homes

    If you rent your mobile home, the same rules that apply to any other renters apply to you. To find out more, click on the resource on this page or on Texas Tenant Advisor that best describes your problem. If you own your mobile and rent the lot, special rules apply, and you should read this to find out about them. If you own Texas Resources Content Detail

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    Texas Tenants Advisor
  • Privacy

    A landlord does not have the right to enter your home whenever they want to. When you are at home, the landlord can only enter with your permission. There may be circumstances where the landlord can enter your apartment when you are not home. These will be spelled out in your lease. Read this to find out more regarding your right of possession. Content Detail

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    Texas Tenants Advisor
  • Repairs

    Tenants have the right to have any condition that threatens their health or safety repaired. Content Detail

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    Austin Tenant's Council
  • 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

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    Texas Tenants Advisor
  • Security Deposit

    A landlord is entitled to collect a security deposit from a tenant as security against property damage. However, there are rules governing security deposits. Find out what the rules are and how to get your security deposit back when you move. Content Detail

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    Texas Tenants Advisor
  • Smoke Detectors

    Smoke detectors are required by Texas law. Read this to find out what landlords are required to do about smoke detectors. Content Detail

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    Texas Tenants Advisor
  • What is the eviction process?

    There are many reasons for which a landlord may try to evict a tenant. However, a tenant always has the right to fight an eviction in court. Content Detail

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    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

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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

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    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

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    Texas Tenants Advisor
  • Texas Tenants Advisor

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    Texas Low Income Housing Information Service