Houston, TX asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas

Q: Can a landlord arbitrarily state what is a flammable material due to a vague clause in my lease agreement?

I have items properly stored with safety caps away from heat source. I use them for catering and emergencies. I’ve been here for 3 years and nothing was said during any past inspections. Items have been in the same place the entire time. Now she is claiming it’s a violation of my lease.the items are glycol chafing fuel and small butane cans for a camping stove. There are about 4 cases of each. Items are stored separately in laundry room and walk-in closet.

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

A: No, a landlord cannot arbitrarily determine what is flammable.

Materials that are flammable generally will bear a warning label indicating they are flammable. Look on a new package of the product itself to see if there is a warning that the material is flammable.

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