Landlord has sent over 30 days ago notices trhat each resident is required to have a working fire extinguisher in their apartment. Landlord offered to sell fire extringuishers at cost ( $20). Landlord also noticed that they will be inspecting each apartmenmt to have working fire extinguishers and if not have one charge $20 extra rent/ month. Are Lamdlords allowed to do any of these in Texas (Dallas City)?
Having a fire extinguisher in your apartment is really a good idea. If your lease requires that you have a working fire extinguisher, then if you don't have one, you would be in breach of the lease. If the complex's rules require a fire extinguisher, and the rules were properly promulgated under the provisions of Chapter 92 of the Texas Property Code, then you need to have one. If you are in breach of the lease, then the landlord could declare you in default of the lease, and issue you a notice to vacate.
Bottom line, for $20, I recommend that you buy the extinguisher. It is a lot cheaper than the cost of moving.
Generally, the landlord cannot impose new requirements or fees in the middle of a lease agreement without your consent.
If you have a month-to-month lease, the landlord can change the terms of the agreement, so long as the landlord gives you proper notice of the changes according to the terms of the lease. If you do not agree to the change, you should have the opportunity to give notice according to the lease provisions and move out without penalty.
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