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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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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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  • BASIC PARTITION OF REAL ESTATE AGREEMENTS AND DOCUMENTS

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    Earl Carl Institute for Legal & Social Policy, Inc.
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  • Cash Rental Payments

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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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  • Defenses Against Eviction

    Once you receive the notice to vacate and even before you receive the notice from the constable for your court hearing, you should consider whether you have any defenses available to the eviction suit. In a nonpayment of rent eviction case, the Justice of the Peace will not consider most cases of hardship (e.g., car breaking down, being in the hospital, losing your job). 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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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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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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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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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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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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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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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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  • Homelessness

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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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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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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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  • Late Fees

    A landlord can charge a reasonable late penalty fee if you pay rent after the first day after the due date in your lease agreement, but only if the fee is in your lease. Read More

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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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  • Lease Non-Renewal

    Except in some cases, a landlord can nonrenew a lease for almost any reason and, if the landlord has given proper notice of nonrenewal pursuant to the lease, a court will likely uphold that decision. Read More

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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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  • Making Home Affordable Program

    The Obama Administration's Making Home Affordable Program includes opportunities to modify or refinance your mortgage to make your monthly payments more affordable. It also includes the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program for homeowners who are interested in a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. Content Detail

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