El Paso, TX asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas

Q: Water is allocated @ property & management is knowingly letting non tenants use & charging tenants.

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A: In Texas, if property management is knowingly allowing non-tenants to use water that is allocated for the property and then charging tenants for this usage, it may be considered a violation of the tenants' rights under Texas law, specifically regarding utility billing and the allocation of utility costs in multi-tenant properties. Texas law requires transparency and fairness in the allocation of utility costs among tenants, and any deceptive practices or misallocations could potentially be challenged legally. Tenants affected by such practices may have recourse through several avenues, including filing a complaint with the Texas Public Utility Commission if the property is regulated by it, seeking mediation or legal action for breach of lease terms or violation of tenant rights, or contacting local tenant rights organizations for guidance and assistance.

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