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Apartment Locks and Security Devices

Apartment Locks and Security Devices

Texas Property Code requires that locks and other security devices be on an apartment or other dwelling.  The Austin Tenants’ Council outlines what security devices are required by law. Every rental in Texas has to have:  one window latch on each each outer...
Paying Rent

Paying Rent

Paying rent is something that is required by every tenant to cover the cost of your apartment.  Most leases will include the exact way in went rent should be paid and details for when it is late.  Austin Tenants’ Council shares the laws in Texas for paying rent....
Deposits and Other Myths about Renting

Deposits and Other Myths about Renting

Deposits have a lot of myths surrounding them, as well as renting in general.  Austin Tenant’s Council lays out the facts about security deposits and other rental myths. One myth surrounding deposits is that a landlord has to put the security deposit into an...
Eviction and Lease Termination Myths

Eviction and Lease Termination Myths

Eviction has many myths surrounding it, as does lease termination.  The Austin Tenant’s Council sets the record straight on both parts of rental law. One of the common misconceptions about eviction is that the process takes at least a month.  In truth, a tenant...
Lockouts

Lockouts

A lockout is when a landlord literally changes the locks on a unit because a tenant has not been paying rent.  However, a lockout is not the same as an eviction and there are a lot of rules governing how a landlord can initiate and carry out one.  The Austin...
Landlord’s Entry

Landlord’s Entry

A landlord’s entry into your apartment is not covered by Texas law, but Texas courts have ruled that a landlord cannot enter a rental unit without permission from the renter.  In general, a lease agreement should cover exactly when and under what circumstances a...