Prepared for Sophia R. | Delivered March 24, 2020
Negligent Repair and Remodeling of Rental Properties
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To provide insights on laws regarding remodeling or construction repair negligence of rental property by landlords in Texas and the landlord's
for damages or injuries sustained during repairs.
What to do if the Landlord Refuses to Make Repairs in Texas
If the landlord
refuses to make repairs
that are needed to protect the tenant's health, security, or safety and the tenant has already followed all the legal procedures required by law, they may:
End the lease
Conduct the repairs themselves
and deduct the cost of repairs from the rent.
File a suit
, forcing the landlord to make the repairs.
If the tenant is recovering under these methods, they need to
follow the steps
Send the landlord
a dated letter
by registered mail, return receipt, or certified mail. They can also deliver it by hand. The tenant should keep a copy of the letter and make sure that their rent is current when the notice is given.
The landlord should make an effort to make the repairs within a reasonable time after receiving the notice.
is resumed to be the reasonable time by law. If the landlord fails to make an effort to make the repairs within the seven days, the tenant can send a second notice letter by registered mail, return receipt, or certified mail if they had delivered the first notice orally, by hand, or through a phone call. This should contain details of the needed repairs
This ensures that the
If the landlord
to make an effort to repair the problem within a reasonable time, the tenant may be entitled to terminate the lease, conduct the repairs themselves and deduct the cost from their rent, or get a court order for the repairs.