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Tessmer Tips / 11.08.2015

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...

Tessmer Tips / 10.08.2015

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...

Tessmer Tips / 09.08.2015

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...

Tessmer Tips / 30.07.2015

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Tessmer Tips / 10.07.2015

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.   ...

Tessmer Tips / 27.06.2015

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,...