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Landlord Tenant Disputes

Houston Real Estate Laws

Renters make up more than 50 percent of the population of Houston. Renter-occupied housing rates are nearly as high in surrounding communities. In this environment, it is critical for landlords and tenants to understand the real estate laws that govern their respective rights and responsibilities. With the length of detailed rental contracts these days, landlord tenant disputes are bound to happen.

That said, landlord-tenant disputes are a fact of life in Missouri City, Pearland and other Houston-area communities. Rather than attempt to solve acrimonious and potentially intractable issues by themselves or immediately resort to commercial litigation, parties to a landlord-tenant dispute can save time, money and stress by consulting with experienced residential and commercial real estate lawyers on this important corporate law and consumer law matter.

Landlord-Tenant Disputes in Sugar Land, Katy and Greater Houston

In light of the fact that it affects many thousands of small business owners and millions of individuals, it is not surprising that Texas law has much to say about the landlord-tenant relationship. Landlords and tenants each have certain rights and responsibilities, including:

  • Landlords are required to make certain disclosures, including who is required to act on the landlord’s behalf and tenants’ recourse in the event that the landlord fails to meet certain obligations
  • Landlords must give notice prior to initiating eviction proceedings
  • Landlords’ security deposits are not bound by monetary limits, but monies must be returned within 30 days of the end of the tenant’s lease
  • Landlords may charge late fees and other penalties for tenants who fail to pay rent
  • Tenants may withhold rent in the event that the landlord does not make required repairs
  • Landlords may access the premises under certain circumstances

Although local and state laws govern the vast majority of landlord-tenant disputes, it is important to note that federal regulations can sometimes affect matters. For instance, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development prohibits certain forms of discrimination by landlords.

Galveston Commercial and Residential Real Estate Attorneys Assist with Landlord-Tenant Disputes

At The Law Office of Henry A. Jakob, PLLC, we have firsthand experience with the civil and business law aspects of landlord-tenant disputes. Since they involve both livelihood and living quarters, we understand that landlord-tenant disputes can quickly become charged with emotion – often to the point that a rational resolution to the issue is not possible without resorting to legal action.

Regardless of the nature of your situation or the events leading up to your consultation, we pledge to provide you with attentive, responsive representation that accounts for the sensitive nature of the landlord-tenant relationship and respects your legal rights.

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To schedule a consultation with a Houston real estate attorney who has extensive experience in landlord-tenant disputes and other property law matters in Harris, Waller and Fort Bend Counties, please call us at 713.640.5700 or complete the online contact form at your convenience.

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