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Although there are some specific exceptions, under Texas law, a dwelling must be equipped with security devices such as window latches, keyed dead bolts on exterior doors, sliding door pin locks and sliding door handle latches or sliding door security bars, and door viewers.  These devices must be installed at the landlord's expense. If such devices are missing or are defective, you have the right to request their installation or repair.   According to Chapter 92, Subsection C, of the Texas Property Code, a Texas landlord can ask a potential tenant for a security deposit as a condition to move in. The...

As a tenant in Texas, you have the right to demand repair of any condition that affects your health and safety.  Under Texas law, your landlord guarantees that the unit he rents to you will be a fit place to live.  In certain conditions, you and your landlord may have a written agreement that you will make needed repairs. The landlord does not have a duty to pay for or make repairs if you or your guests cause an unsafe or unhealthy condition through negligence, carelessness, abuse or accident—unless the condition resulted from "normal wear and tear."   Under Texas law, your...

This week, Tessmer Tips will address laws and regulations affecting the landlord/tenant relationship. The relationship between Texas landlords and their tenants is governed by several statutes and court rulings, and most particularly by Chapter 92 of the Texas Property Code.  But the most important source of information is your rental agreement, whether it is written or oral.   A written lease agreement is always preferred.  Read your lease carefully and discuss any changes that should be made before you sign.   As a tenant in Texas, you have a right to peace and quiet, or “quiet enjoyment” as it is called in the...

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For the past two weeks, we have brought you tips and facts regarding DWI and the law.  It goes without saying --  the best advice is to NEVER drink and drive.  But if you do ever need help, we are here for you.   ...

Divorce Mistake #17: Making oral agreements outside of the divorce agreement. Divorce is not the time for oral agreements; your ex may promise you the moon, but without clarifying the details in your official settlement, those promises mean nothing in court. It may feel strange to make everything so specific and official, but in the end, your ex can’t then make a claim to your retirement, or take the lawn mower, or deny your visitation with the kids over winter break.  The proof is in the writing.   Divorce Mistake #18: Forgetting tax ramifications and not seeing a financial advisor.  Property, estates,...

Divorce Mistake #14: Failure to develop a parenting plan. Once your divorce is final, your relationship with your ex will change -- sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.  The more specific you can be with the start and end times for your kids’ parenting time, vacations, holidays, etc., the easier it will be on them because they will have some routine when the rest of their lives have been disrupted.   Divorce Mistake #15: Refusing to mediate.  The thought of sitting down at the table and trying to hash things out civilly with your ex might make your skin crawl,...

Divorce Mistake #9: Signing documents without asking questions.  Many people are intimidated by the legal system and, instead of asking questions, accept everything on blind faith.  Be thoughtful, skeptical and analytical; ask your attorney for an honest evaluation of your chances to obtain assets, your home and your finances.   Divorce Mistake #10: Being a hindrance to your own case.  Your goal should be to do everything in your power to assist your case and support your attorney.  If you pester him, calling repeatedly with trivial questions, you are going to alienate the key person looking out for your interests.  Ask your...

Divorce Mistake #6: Withholding information from your attorney.  Remember your lawyer represents you, and you should trust him or her.  Don’t withhold information about finances, your actions during the marriage or future plans.  If you want your attorney to be effective,  she needs to know the truth.   Divorce Mistake #7: Allowing your emotions to rule legal decisions.  Divorce is a frazzling and distraught time; you may feel victimized, or that you are in the right 100% of the time.  Letting your emotions, rather than logic and reason, be in control, will undermine your case.  Be reflective – not reactive.  Anxious people...