David Jahan Sadegh
David Jahan Sadegh, Landlord / Tenant Lawyer - Humble, TX
Posted about 1 year ago.

If there is sewage on the floors, the landlord should fix the problem immediately (rather than the standard 7 days), and you may have the right to do the repairs yourself and deduct the cost of repairs from your next month's rent. You may also want to call the CIty of Houston hotline (3-1-1) and let them know your landlord is not taking care of serious health issues in your home. Throughout this process, you should make sure you are current on your rent and continue to pay your rent until you move out of the unit, or else your landlord may have the right to evict you, regardless of the repair issues.

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Posted about 1 year ago.

We are 100% current on rent. If we are in our rights to break the rent due to her non repairs and we do it all by written notice and we do it legally by certified mail, can she go after us for breaking the lease? Will it hurt us if we are trying to find a new rental home?

David Jahan Sadegh
David Jahan Sadegh, Landlord / Tenant Lawyer - Humble, TX
Posted about 1 year ago.

Even if you are within your legal rights to unilaterally terminate the lease, it is always possible that the landlord will view the situation differently and try to harm your credit or rental history. You should make sure you have everything documented in case you have to prove that you had the right to terminate the lease. The best way to avoid possible retaliation from the landlord is to find a way to get the landlord to agree to cancel or terminate the lease early. Unfortunately, sometimes the only way to accomplish that is to either take the step of filing a lawsuit against the landlord and/or get an attorney involved to communicate with the landlord on your behalf.