Pflugerville, TX asked in Tax Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas

Q: in Austin hotel 45 days waiting for mngmnt on taxes still no word Can I withhold rent as taxes will be 1k at very soon

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In your situation, withholding rent due to an unresolved issue with taxes can be legally complicated and might not be the best initial course of action. Tenant rights and landlord responsibilities vary by location, and specific laws in Austin, Texas, govern these matters.

Firstly, communicate your concerns in writing to the hotel management. Clearly state the tax issue and your expectations for a resolution. This creates a record of your attempts to resolve the issue amicably.

If the management does not respond or resolve the issue, consider seeking advice from a tenant rights organization or a legal professional. They can provide guidance specific to your situation and local laws.

Remember, withholding rent can sometimes lead to legal action against you. It’s important to explore all other avenues for resolution before taking this step.

Documentation is key in these situations. Keep records of all communications and expenses related to this issue, as they may be important if the matter escalates to legal proceedings.

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