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Advice for Residential Tenants in Texas From a Board Certified Consumer Attorney

Texas law provides that entering into a lease of residential property provides both important legal rights and equally important responsibilities. It is important to know what these rights and responsibilities are in deciding whether or not to enter a lease and what to do if problems arise. Many landlords, especially apartment complexes, are notorious for assessing fees such as repair costs (even when no repairs were actually needed), cleaning fees, etc. after a tenant moves out. Another common ploy is for a landlord to allege that the tenant owns one to two months’ rent because they did not give proper notice prior to vacating the property. Frequently, a tenant will discover some months later that their former landlord has reported to the credit reporting agencies that the tenant owes a large sum of money (often several thousand dollars) due to these charges.

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