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Rafiq Zul Dhanani

Houston Business Attorney.

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  1. Can a former landlord force me to pay for their lawyer if they sue me?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Rafiq Zul Dhanani
    1 lawyer answer

    Leases can require that a loser of a legal dispute pay the other side's attorney's fees. But it depends on the contract, and usually it depends on the outcome of the dispute. I think $4,400 sounds like a lot for cleaning expenses, but that's without knowing details. You may want to hire an attorney to go over everything and figure out your options.

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  2. Eviction month to month tenant due to none payment

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Rafiq Zul Dhanani
    2. Kevin Matthew Koel
    2 lawyer answers

    You will have to give them a written notice to vacate (at least three days, maybe more according to your lease). If they do not comply, you will have to follow procedures to evict them with an eviction lawsuit in the JP court. If you win, you can get an order for the Sheriff to remove the tenants. The Texas Property Code will help get you started (http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PR/htm/PR.92.htm and http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PR/htm/PR.24.htm).

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  3. As a renter do we pay for freon?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Rafiq Zul Dhanani
    1 lawyer answer

    Your lease should have details about who is responsible for what, but a landlord is typically responsible for wear-and-tear type repairs like this one.

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  4. Our landlord did not provide us with a valid address

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Brian W. Erikson
    2. Rafiq Zul Dhanani
    2 lawyer answers

    If the condo leasing office is the landlord's agent for leasing/management you can send things to that office. If the landlord leases the condo on his own, then he needs to provide an address in writing, or you can send things to whoever collects rent. The lease would probably not be invalidated because of this. You could try sending a copy of your letter to the address he provided over the phone. Google may not be updated.

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  5. If my apartment complex puts and incorrect amount due for rent ON THE LEASE RENEWAL can I legally pay that amount?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Rafiq Zul Dhanani
    2. Jacob Douglas Thomas
    2 lawyer answers

    If they offer you a lease renewal at $775/mo, and you agree, then both parties are agreeing to that new rate, and there should be no problem. However, be prepared to get an argument that it was a mistake once someone (possibly) finds out what they did wrong. You can argue that you only agreed based on the new price, but they may claim it was a mistake. In that case you could stay strong with what was agreed to in writing, or you may decide to negotiate a reasonable compromise if they are ready...

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  6. Brother never changes deed in my name what can i do if it was a verbal agreement

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Rafiq Zul Dhanani
    2. Michael T Millar
    3. Cheryl Rivera Smith
    3 lawyer answers

    There are multiple ways to address this, depending on the facts of your situation. You could make a formal agreement and exchange deeds now. You could also claim what is commonly known as squatters' rights. Of course, this will all depend on the specifics of your situation and what results you are looking for. If your family members are cooperative, the situation will likely be much easier to resolve.

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  7. Earlier this year i "bought" some stuff from Rent A Center.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Rafiq Zul Dhanani
    2. Lu Ann Trevino
    2 lawyer answers

    You need to examine your contract with RAC. Your payments were probably to rent the items for a month at a time, not to buy them. (If you do have a sales contract you should find a lawyer to help you resolve the situation.) If you stopped paying and kept the items, they can sue you for various things like possession of the items themselves, money damages, attorney's fees, interest, fees, etc. Keeping something that isn't yours is the crime of theft. Depending on the value of the items, you...

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  8. Can my landlord make me add my brother who moved in with me temporarily to the lease agreement in the middle of the lease?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Rafiq Zul Dhanani
    1 lawyer answer

    Probably, yes. Typical leases have a section to deal with this. You may be able to get the landlord to waive the application fee, but your brother will probably have to sign a lease and take on all the same rights and responsibilities that you have under the current lease.

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  9. Can a landlord charge me a full months rent if I haven't moved in yet.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Rafiq Zul Dhanani
    1 lawyer answer

    If you were actually charged for the 19th, 20th, or 21st you are probably owed a refund (unless the lease says otherwise). If you were only charged from the 23rd on, you are probably not owed anything. They may have allowed you an early move-in as a courtesy and given you a few days free. As annoying as this may be, it might be better for you to deal with the situation and start off on semi-friendly terms with the landlord.

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  10. My contractor is saying i owe double our agreed price, he threatens to put a lien on my house. it was a cash job and no contract

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Rafiq Zul Dhanani
    1 lawyer answer

    A contractor has an automatic lien on your house for work done under the Texas Constitution. He can also follow certain rules to get a statutory lien. An oral contract may support a lien, but only for the amount that was agreed upon. If the property is your homestead, the contract must be in writing, and the contractor can't put a valid lien on your property otherwise. This is a complicated area of law in Texas, and he has to follow a lot of requirements to be able to foreclose on a lien. He...

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