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File a Consumer Complaint. Some landlords prefer oral agreements, but it is more common for them to require your signature on a written lease. Be sure to read the lease carefully before you sign it. If you want to change part of the lease, discuss it with the landlord. If the landlord agrees, the two of you should decide how you want to word the change and then write it into the agreement. Both you and the landlord should then initial the change. For example, many standard leases prohibit pets, but your landlord may be willing to accept a pet if you put down extra money as security.
August 21, by Katie Claflin. Categories: Rental Housing. Texas state law provides rental housing tenants with basic rights to help ensure their health, safety and security and to protect them from discrimination.
Equally vulnerable are tenants who because of their race, sexual orientation, or disability status find it harder to secure desirable, safe, and stable housing. While the Fair Housing Act technically protects buyers and renters from discrimination based on factors like race and disability, it still happens. Disabled individuals requesting reasonable modifications to accommodate a wheelchair, for example, or the waiving of pet fees for a service animal, can meet with a housing counselor for assistance. Still other tenants receive financial settlements after ATC takes them through the conciliation process with a property manager at fault. Have questions about a security deposit, eviction notice, or other issue related to renting? Landlords may have the locks changed for nonpayment of rent, but this provision in the law is meant to facilitate a mediated landlord-tenant conversation—a service that ATC provides—rather than double as an eviction. Cruz Garcia, a housing counselor, estimates that ATC serves people a week between appointments, walk-ins, and those who call or email.