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Old 09-13-2011, 07:55 PM
 
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our land owner is a total nightmare. We moved into the house, inspected and asked for things to be fixed (no written notice or anything....but we do have one witness. The major thing are windows. The are about to fall out. We have a two year and if she touches it the window will fall out. Again we contacted out landlord a few times with no luck. Can we just find a new place and move out? What is the consequence of that?
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Westbury
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id imagine having a landlord replace all of a home's windows would be a fight in any situation. that is a major expense. are the windows literally "about to fall out"? that is pretty extreme and the windows must have become completely detached from the structure. if its old windows that are shaky in the holdings well... its a rental
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Old 09-13-2011, 08:02 PM
 
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Default no they are about two fall out actually

literally....
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Old 09-13-2011, 08:10 PM
 
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Even though Texas is a very pro-landlord state where tenants have few rights, there are a few basic things Landlords are supposed to provide, like secure doors and windows. If the windows are really not secure, and you can document that and prove it, (photographs, whatever), you might have an out.

There is a right way and a wrong way to go about resolving an issue like this and just moving out is the wrong way. All you are doing is giving the landlord all the rope in the world to hang you, should they choose to. It would be far wiser to invest a couple hundred bucks or so in a meeting or two with a real estate attorney. Somewhere there are some kind of statutes or something regarding things like sliding doors having to have 2 kinds of locks, and windows having functional locks, so on and so forth. I don't remember the details, but those things exist. Especially if you have a big deposit at stake, I would spend a bit with an attorney just to protect your credit and rental history. It would be cheaper in the long run.
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:21 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Listen to Modster, he is the pro. At the very least, you must follow Texas LL/Tenant law and give the LL notice in writing of what items need to be repaired. Mail a certified letter (do not use E-mail) return receipt requested to your LL and mail a copy to yourself at the same time (do not open yours, just keep it). Give the LL reasonable time to repair the items you listed. If they are not repaired in a reasonable time, then go out and get that attorney.

The LL/Tenant laws may be found here:
PROPERTY CODE**CHAPTER 91. PROVISIONS GENERALLY APPLICABLE TO LANDLORDS AND TENANTS
PROPERTY CODE**CHAPTER 92. RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES

Look at 92.052 and 92.053 specifically (good to read the whole thing)
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