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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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  • 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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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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  • Subleasing

    Unless the lease allows it, a tenant may not sublet (rent the house or apartment to another person) without the consent of the landlord. Read More

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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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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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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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  • Home Improvement Tips: Hiring a Contractor - What to Watch Out For

    Please click the link above or to the right for information things to watch out for when hiring a contractor for home improvement projects. Read More

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    Federal Trade Commission
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  • Public Housing Authorities in Texas and General Information

    This website lists all the PHAs in Texas that operate and manage many federal housing programs. Click the link above for more information. Read More

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    US Department of Housing and Urban Development
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  • Tenants with Disabilities and Reasonable Accommodations

    Tenants with disabilities can ask their landlord to accommodate their disabilities. For example, a tenant could ask a landlord to allow a service animal in a "no pets" apartment complex; a tenant who receives a disability benefits check on the third day of each month could ask to pay the rent on that day with no late fees; and a tenant with a wheelchair could ask a landlord to allow the tenant to build a ramp to the entrance of the unit. Read More

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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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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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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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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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    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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