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  • Reverse Mortgages and Loans

    If you’re 62 or older – and looking for money to finance a home improvement, pay off your current mortgage, supplement your retirement income, or pay for healthcare expenses – you may be considering a reverse mortgage. It’s a product that allows you to convert part of the equity in your home into cash without having to sell your home or pay additional monthly bills. Before signing anything, please read the information at the link below. Read More

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Self-Storage Facilities Fact Sheet

    Click this link for information on Self-Storage Facilities including information on what can happen if rent is not paid. Read More

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
  • 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

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • The Family Violence Victim's Right to Break A Lease

    This publication tells you when and how you can break a residential lease if you a victim of family violence. Read More

    By:
    Texas Legal Services Center; Texas Partnership for Legal Access
  • The Myths of Renting in Texas

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    By:
    Austin Tenants' Council
  • 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

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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

    By:
    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español