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What are my renter's rights in Texas?

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In Texas, tenants have the right to live in a peaceful, safe residence with secure locks, advises the Texas Attorney General. Tenants have the right to request repairs on anything in the unit that endangers their health or safety. Other rights vary based on the content of the rental agreement.

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A landlord may not evict a tenant without cause and must ensure that tenants do not disturb the peace and quiet of other tenants, states the Texas Attorney General. Tenants have the right to reliable utility service in the unit. Landlords may only interrupt service in cases of emergency, construction or repairs.

Texas also grants tenants the right to live in a safe and secure residence. Landlords must install and repair locks on the windows and doors at their own expense, states the Texas Attorney General. Landlords must also repair any conditions that threaten the safety or health of the tenant unless the cost of the repair exceeds $10,000. Working smoke detectors must be present in all units.

When a tenant moves out, he has the right to have his security deposit returned within 30 days of moving if he has complied with the terms of the lease, advises the Austin Tenants’ Council. Terms may include giving 30 days notice before moving and leaving the residence clean and undamaged.

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