I rented a home 6 months ago and was the first tenant to live here after the home was extensively remodeled. Since then, I've had massive problems with electrical, plumbing, moisture penetration/foundation issues and have learned that the work was not permitted or done up to code. No C.O. inspection was ever done after this extensive remodel and no Certificate of Occupancy is on file. Am I living in an illegal rental unit?
I've heard that in most states a landlord cannot collect rent on a unit that does not have A Certificate of Occupancy. Is that also the state law in Texas?
To top off my nightmare, I also just learned that the landlord/property management company are practicing real estate in TX without a license. Can I sue them civilly for this and get my money back?