Texas Renters Rights - How To Protect Your Renters Rights In Texas
Just as in every other state in the United
States, in Texas, you have your Texas Renters Rights as
a tenant renting an apartment or other residence. Once you sign
up to rent an apartment you are first and foremost agreeing to
the lease you and your landlord signed. This lease will be your
guideline on how to take care of your apartment, how to be a good
neighbor, and when you need to pay your rent to avoid any penalties.
You might run into some landlords that will prefer and even demand
an oral agreement for the rental apartment. Even if this person
is a relative or friend you should demand to have a written rental
agreement so you have that in case you need to use it.
Peaceful Texas Living –
You have the right to live in a peaceful
and quiet environment. In the law it is actually called quiet
enjoyment. Your landlord can’t legally evict you from the apartment without a legal
and good reason. They can’t even disturb you in your apartment
unless there is a good reason behind it. You have the right to
live in a peaceful and uninterrupted apartment. It is also the
landlord’s responsibility to make sure you are not disturbed
by any of your neighbors and that you give your neighbors the same
respect. Your landlord also cannot shut off any utilities to your
apartment unless it is due to an emergency, construction or repairs
that must be made.
Healthy Texas Living –
You have the right to live in a sanitary and healthy apartment.
You also have the right to demand repairs or replacements on things
in your apartment that affect your health and/or safety. The landlord
that is renting out the apartment automatically agrees to the law
that the apartment must be safe and healthy. The landlord must
provide smoke detectors in your apartment, and you cannot disconnect
them or take them out. They must be working at all times.
Secure Texas Living –
You have the right to live in a secure apartment. Under law your
landlord must provide locks on the windows, dead bolt locks on
all doors leading outside, sliding door pin locks, door peepholes,
and sliding door security bars or handle latches. You should not
move into an apartment if any of the above are missing or damaged.
You have the right to demand that these all be in the apartment
as they are required by law. If, while you are living there, a
lock breaks or is damaged your landlord needs to have it fixed
in a reasonable period of time.
If your landlord does not provide you with a peaceful, healthy,
safe and secure apartment you have a few options. You can end the
lease and move out, have the problem fixed or replaced and deduct
the costs from your rent payment, or file a small claims suit to
force the landlord to repair or replace the problem.