Moving into a new residential apartment or home is an exciting, yet stressful experience. When a lease is finally provided, some tenants will simply sign on the dotted line without reading through the pages of rules and regulations. Unfortunately, this oversight often leaves many landlords and tenants exposed in the event that the other party does not act in good faith during the course of the lease.
An example of this has occurred just recently in Texas, where many tenants have been faced with unreasonably high fees for late rent payments, which have been inflated to exorbitant levels.
If this – or a similar situation – has happened to you, your rights as a renter or landlord may have been violated. You shouldn’t have to suffer financially because of illegal late fees and other associated costs. If your landlord or tenant has violated the terms of a lease, at Arguello Law Firm, we have detailed knowledge of landlord and tenant laws and can help you fight for your rights.
For a review of your landlord/tenant dispute, simply fill out the ‘CONFIDENTIAL EVALUATION’ form above or call us today at 1-888-CLAIM-68.
Common Types of Landlord/Tenant Disputes
After signing a lease it is important that tenants are open to communicating with their landlord about questions they have or issues that arise. It’s also important to keep copies of correspondence and to make note of when the landlord was notified of any problems, in the event of an issue needing to be resolved with a legal solution.
In Texas it is illegal for a landlord to retaliate against you for complaining in good faith about repairs needed or issues you are facing in the home.
Some common types of landlord and tenant disputes include:
- Unreasonable Late Fees
- Refusal to Return Application Fee or Deposit
- Unfair Amount of Deposit Returned
- Failing to Make Repairs
- Wrongful Eviction
- Failing to Disclose Fees
- Charging Excess Fees
- Misrepresenting Apartment/Home Conditions
- Failing to Disclose Property Information
- Failing to Disclose Changes to Rules or Policies
- Failing to Permit Termination of Lease
Some landlords prefer oral lease agreements, but getting a lease in writing along with the conditions of the lease can better protect a tenant. Should you or the landlord wish to make changes to the lease, it should also be done in writing and signed by both parties.
The rights of the tenant are based on, for the most part, what the lease agreement says. For example, a landlord may wish the tenant to cover repairs up to $100, which means that if a repair will cost $150 the tenant can dispute that the costs are the responsibility of the landlord.
A typical lease should disclose information about the following terms:
- Length of lease
- Rent payment
- Deposit information
- Contact information
- Repair responsibilities
- Information on overnight guests
- Whether or not pets are allowed
- Information on who may reside in the home
By knowing what should be included in a typical lease, renters can ensure that they are being provided adequate information prior to signing an agreement and moving into a new dwelling.
Contact Our Landlord and Tenant Dispute Attorneys
Tenants who believe they have been wronged should never be intimidated by their landlord(s) or by the fact that they signed an agreement. Seeking legal assistance can help you determine if your rights are being, or have been, violated and if you are eligible for compensation.
At Arguello Law Firm we understand that dealing with a landlord and tenant dispute can be difficult, which is why we can help guide you through the entire process. We believe in fighting for the rights of those who have been wronged and in ensuring that they receive fair and just compensation.
Our head office is located in Houston, Texas however, we are proud to represent clients across the country, including those in the following cities:
- Houston, TX
- Phoenix, AZ
…and many more surrounding towns and cities. If you believe that you are entitled to compensation for a dispute with a residential landlord, contact us today at 1-888-CLAIM-68. Your initial case consultation is completely CONFIDENTIAL and we will help determine if there are grounds for a successful lawsuit.
You can also contact us online by filling out the ‘Free Consultation’ form at the top right-hand corner of this page – your information will remain completely confidential.