San Benito, TX asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas

Q: Can my landlord evict me for reporting a crime?

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John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: It is unlikely your landlord can successfully evict you for truthfully and accurately reporting a crime to the proper authorities.

But reporting a crime does not somehow give you immunity from being evicted for other reasons.

If a landlord is bold enough to state in the required written notice to vacate that he is evicting for reporting a crime, I think you could very successfully fight the eviction in court.

On the other hand, if the landlord states a different reason in the notice, it may be very difficult to prove the stated reason is purely pretextual and that the landlord’s true motivation is otherwise, especially if the stated reason is a valid reason for eviction.

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