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Q: I've been in a relationship for 15 years. We have shared the home the entire time. Can she just kick me out?

The home was in her father's name but we payed all of the bills together. I helped raise her two kids and worked the entire time. I recently went to jail for 90 days she picked me up when I got out I've been back home for 5 almost 6 months. She is trying to kick me out threatening me... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Nov 24, 2020

Unfortunately, the house belongs to the person whose name is on the title, not the person paying bills. In this case, it's

not clear whether your girlfriend or her father owns the house, but your long residency there doesn't give you any rights to the property. If all you own...
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1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Is there something to support a request to replace corded blinds with cordless ones. Disabled child. Apt in Texas

My son and I moved into an apartment furnished with mini blinds with cords. I want to request they replace them w/cordless ones. My son is disabled and I’m afraid he’s going to hurt himself. Is there any documentation I can include in the request to help get it approved? We live in Texas

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 17, 2020

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. This might involve a narrow field of legal expertise. Maybe an attorney who deals with accommodations made under the Americans with Disabilities Act (and state laws involving disability/housing) might be knowledgeable... Read more »

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Q: Does my common law husband's family have the right to evict me just because he was recently incarcerated?

House in grandparents name we've lived in home last five years with his father until he passed away. court for eviction is on the 15th odessa tx grandparents left the house to their children and grandchildren

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 10, 2020

More than likely the heirs at law of the Grandfather own the property and are entitled to possession. The heirs with title have the standing to sue you for possession.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: So a while back i evidentally was trespassed from a residence from which i was living.

So a while back i evidentally was trespassed from a residence from which i was living. I then, couple weeks after that, i was welcomed back to the residence. Shortly after that i went to jail on an untelated charge that i was released from 3 months later. I then went back to that residence just to... Read more »

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Oct 9, 2020

More particular facts are required but from what you describe, the trespass charge is not "negated". Calling an attorney would help. good luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: How can I dispute or fight excessive cleaning charges on a rental?

We lived in the house for 18 months and the landlord is trying to charge almost $2000; $974 for landscaping/sod, $753 in carpet cleaning/pet dander, $135 in paint, and $120 in scratch repair. I know Texas law protects from reasonable wear and tear but the dogs were always kept in their kennels when... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 4, 2020

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. As a general matter, the dollar amount of your dispute might be out of proportion with legal fees if you hired an attorney to handle it on an hourly basis. A more cost-effective option to consider could be small claims... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Foreclosure, Landlord - Tenant and Probate for Texas on
Q: My husband recently passed. I am not on the mortgage for the house. The bank is telling me I have 30 days to move. Help!
Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Sep 26, 2020

Are you on the deed? Have you filed to probate your husband's estate? Federal law prohibits a lender from foreclosing for six months after a court appoints someone to settle the estate.

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Q: My grandparents kicked me off of our land because I’m gay, I’ve paid the land taxes for the past 8 years.

They will not allow me to come back to the property to collect my belongings. I don’t know if I have any rights to the land because I’ve been paying land taxes for 8 years. In the last two years I’ve been remodeling the home just to have to ripped away from me.

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Sep 1, 2020

Contact the precinct Constable's office for the address of the property and ask if they can provide a civil standby for you to retrieve your personal belongings. If they can't, ask if they know which law enforcement agency can. They may have another name for it besides a... Read more »

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Q: My mother was wrongfully evicted.

My mother lived with her boyfriend for the last year, a week ago he died very unexpectedly (even though he did have COPD among other health issues) and his family not only came in to the house but, kicked my mother out and changed the locks not even 5 hours after he passed. Now she's homeless.... Read more »

Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers answered on Aug 24, 2020

I'm sorry but I can't figure out what you're asking. Usually if a person is wronged in a legal sense, it is up to that person to pursue any remedy she might have. She may have some rights to that property, but as she's already been thrown out, it may be too late to get any real... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: I have a guy underneath us in are apartment beats floor and yells horrible things at us what can I do
Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers answered on Aug 16, 2020

If you feel like you just have to do something, you can call police and make a noise complaint. Personally I don't favor bringing the police into situations like this, more likely to exacerbate the problem than to fix it. Your word against the neighbor's is what police would be faced... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: How to get hotel in trouble

Against racist

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Jun 29, 2020

Your question is very broad. More facts are needed

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: I have been living in the same apartment for over 30 years. Will I receive the security and pet deposits when I vacate?

There has been a succession of different owners. I have copies of the lease agreements. Giving the required 30 days written notice, I plan to soon vacate the premises. The new owners are renovating and leasing at a higher price than I can pay so the wear and tear will probably not apply, since they... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 9, 2020

Why start possible trouble when you have NO concerns--and will not have any unless and until your landlord refuses to give your security deposit back. (Pet deposits are usually not refundable to anyone.) Wait.

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Q: I rent a home in Purcell ok but will not have rent on the 1st due to this corona virus. Can i be evicted?
Matthew Valley
Matthew Valley answered on Mar 28, 2020

You need to talk to an OK licensed attorney because the property is in OK. It’s also a landlord-tenant issue, not family.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Wanting to file chapter 7 and keep my apartment but owe back rent. Can I “threaten” my landlord with bankruptcy to help

I want to keep my apartment but but landlord isn’t willing to work with me to avoid eviction. Can I tell them I’m going to file bankruptcy to get them to work with me

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 5, 2020

You can tell them anything you want. Getting them to work with you is a different story.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: I live in a complex where the last couple of months my rent money orders are being stolen. I paid my rent for Jan. 2020

I took my m.o. recite . i proved i paid it. The offie said to go where i purchased it and see who cashed it in. Im i still responsible for my jan rent. Because if it has not been cashed they want me to pay it again. Im not.

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Feb 8, 2020

Unfortunately, the receipt only proves you bought a money order, not that you paid the rent. Hopefully, the money order company will be able to give you proof that someone in the office cashed it. If it is just lost then they can cancel it and re-issue but that process can take weeks!

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: We signed closing on Jan 30 and the sellers have until Feb 8th to vacate but are no where near packed up, what can we do

They made a deal with us to dwell in the home until Feb 8th closing dates were changed but the vacate date never did. Now it is 3 days until time for them to be out so we can move in and they want 30 more days... WE don't have 30 more days! We have given notice to our current landlord that we... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 6, 2020

You are afraid you might be "committing mortgage fraud"? Really? What is "mortgage fraud?" FYI: This is NOT a legal problem--nor even a legal question.

There are several simple answers, including charging the lazy buyers some reasonable daily rent for every day they...
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Q: Regarding Lease Agreements for tenants, how does a landlord enforce an eviction legally?

What makes the Lease Agreement a "binding" agreement? I understand you have to give a tenant 30 days notice, but what if they do not comply? How would I enforce an eviction notice legally? Thank you so much! - Danielle

Adrian Bower
Adrian Bower answered on Jan 29, 2020

If you need to enforce an eviction then you need to go through the legal process. This usually involves filing an eviction action in small claims court. It's worth doing right, which probably means calling an attorney in your area.

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Q: I have my parents staying with me in a one bedroom apartment the apartment have given me 48 hours to vacate
Adrian Bower
Adrian Bower answered on Jan 29, 2020

Some leases place restrictions on housing additional parties within the rental premises. Contact a landlord-tenant attorney in your area for a private consultation regarding your leasing situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Is it legal for a 55 plus park to stop you from renting your mobile home to another person

The park is telling us that we are not allowed to rent out our trailer anymore

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 22, 2020

Check the rules that you agreed to when you leased the lot.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Can a landlord obtain pictures or videos of a property without tenants knowledge
Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 17, 2020

The answer to this is probably yes; however, you should check your lease agreement to see what the rights are.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate, Estate Planning and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: I live in my grandparents house can my mom kick me out.

The house was left to my aunt, never probated the will. Can my mom kick me out

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 8, 2020

The will needs to be probated otherwise it's not valid. Until then the house passes according to Texas laws of intestate.

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