13 Aug Tessmer Tips – Landlord/Tenant 101
A Texas landlord has the right to enter a tenant’s dwelling during emergencies, when conducting inspections and when making repairs. A landlord can specify other times when it is appropriate to enter a dwelling; however, the lease agreement must specify these times and the tenant must have signed the agreement. During an eviction, a landlord can enter the dwelling and remove the tenant’s possessions only after a judge has ruled for the tenant to leave the property, the tenant doesn’t appeal the case within five days and the time line to vacate—seven days—has passed.
When Texas landlords feel that their life is threatened by a tenant, they can file for eviction. Texas landlords can always evict tenants when they fail to pay the rent or violate other policies of the lease agreement, such as subleasing, or committing an illegal act or violent crime. If the tenant fails to pay rent within three days after a landlord has issued a notification of the intent to evict, then a landlord can ask the court for an immediate writ of possession, which goes into effect six days from the day the tenant has been notified. A landlord can also ask the court to require a tenant to pay for court fees, in addition to the rent that has been unpaid.