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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.

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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.

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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Can a previous owner legally stop me from moving my house off of their property if its paid for in full?

I have a mobile home I bought from them and part of the contract states I have to have it moved before the end of feb 2020. They are now messaging family members stating they are trying now to do everything they can to keep me from relocating my house.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Dec 30, 2019

If the contract requires you to move your mobile home before the end of February 2020 why are you here today, some 62 days early? Rather than get upset about "your family members" receiving messages from the landlord that appear onerous to them, why not view these messages as being... Read more »

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Q: I own a small business I got behind on my rent and I have been locked out what legal action can be taken against me?

I'm not in a lease. And I was planning on closing my business at the end of the year

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Dec 19, 2019

Speak to a Debtor's attorney, aka bankruptcy attorney and see what you options are. You might be able to file bankruptcy for the busines or there may be other options for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Significant others live together 6months call it quits one wants to evict the other immediately though both pay bills

Bills are currently paid for the month. What options do the parties have.

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Dec 18, 2019

If both are on the lease then neither can evict. If only one on the lease then they have to evict the correct way.

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Q: If I am watching a friends guinea pigs for 2 weeks and the propety comes in my apartment and sees can she fine me?

Pets are allowed if the fee is paid. The reason she came in the room was not for the guinea pigs.

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Nov 27, 2019

It depends on what your lease states. If your landlord has seen the pets and thinks they are yours and wants to fine you, perhaps talking to them might help calm the situation down.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: The search and arrestcwarrant given to me at the time of search does not have an address nor namevon it. Is it valid?

There was drugs found in the home. Does this mean it cannot be used as evidence if the warrant does not contain the address or a description of the residence to be searched?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Oct 26, 2019

Don't worry, if the defendant has a decent criminal defense attorney then the search warrant will be carefully examined for defects and the existence of warrant exceptions will be properly considered. I don't want to say more than that because this sounds like it could be a homework... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: Buying an apt w a tenant that has acontract til 5/2020. If she terminates before closing will seller pay for those mon

Buying an apt w a tenant that has acontract til 5/2020. If she terminates before closing will seller need to pay for months tenant is missing to pay?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Oct 24, 2019

No, not unless you include this unusual request in the buy/sell documents--or create a side agreement to deal with it.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Real Estate Law, Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: Can my landlord legally shut off the utilities?

It isn't done for any valid, legal reasons. He just drinks on a daily basis, and then he gets depressed and in a bad mood. Whenever any of the tenants try talking to him about it, he goes off and throws around accusations and slander at anyone around. He has broken many laws already and is now... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Oct 22, 2019

Texas Tenants' Union

https://txtenants.org/

(214) 823-2733

8035 E R L Thornton Fwy., Suite 535

Dallas, TX 75228

3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Probate and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: My father passed away, he wasn't married and didn't leave a will. Are my Aunt's allowed to keep his house keys from us?

My father didn't have a will, and only has 2 children. He wasn't married. My Aunts have taken the keys to his home and wouldn't allow me (his son) inside to search for documents necessary for burial. Is that legal for her do given that I'm the son? I researched intestate... Read more »

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Sep 13, 2019

If your father left children, those children, not his siblings, are his heirs. Hire a local probate lawyer to help you file an Application for Determination of Heirship and Issuance of Letters of Administration. Once you are appointed administrator of your father's estate, it will be your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Am I liable for pet rent?

If I have not acknowledged ownership of my animals to my apartment complex, and have lived there for over a year, but am only now receiving notice of an unpaid amount on my bill, despite having paid what I am obligated, the reason for which is pet rent; am I admitting acknowledgment of having had... Read more »

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Sep 12, 2019

Read your lease contract. If you knowingly broke the agreement then chances are high you’re responsible.

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