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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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  • 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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  • Eviction: Information and Answers

    Click here for good information on eviction and your rights when facing eviction. Read More

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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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  • Contracts for Deed - Fact Sheet

    Click the link above for more information on contracts for deed. Read More

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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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  • Disaster Recovery: Renters' Rights

    When disasters hit, homes and living conditions are often severely affected. This resource explains your rights to end your lease early, get government subsidies to modify rent, eviction rights and required procedures, your right to repairs and a safe living environment, returns of security deposits, and how to respond if your landlord files a lawsuit to evict you. Read More

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    Lone Star 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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  • Mobile Homes and The Law (Eviction, Leases and More)

    Click here for information on mobile homes including eviction, leases, and more. Read More

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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)
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  • Security Deposits - Fact Sheet

    Click this link for a fact sheet on a subject of landlord tenant law - Security Deposits. Read More

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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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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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