Landlord May Not Interrupt Tenant Utilities

NON-PAYING TENANTS AND THE STRESS THEY CREATE Few things cause landlords as much stress and turmoil as  do non-paying tenants.  Indeed, the whirlwind of expense and emotion caused. by a tenant who expects a “free ride” can lead landlords to extreme measures. When they cannot collect rent, some landlords seek to exert pressure on tenants […]

Tenant Must Pay Rent During Eviction Appeal

Often a landlord’s excitement at successfully evicting a non-paying tenant quickly turns to despair and frustration.  This usually happens when the non-paying tenant files an appeal.  Tenant eviction appeals undoubtedly result in delay of the landlord recovering possession of the rental premises. However, appeal should not result in the landlord losing additional rent while the […]

Check Out My Educational Video – Why Landlords Must Name All Tenants in an Eviction Suit

Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 510.3(c) requires Landlords to NAME as Defendants (and SERVE) all tenants named in the Lease. Reliance on the language “and all occupants” is not good enough. When the Landlords fails to name a Tenant identified in the lease as a defendant in an eviction suit, that suit is usually dismissed. […]

NOTICE: Per Order of the Supreme Court of Texas, beginning on May 19, 2020 eviction proceedings may resume and deadlines are no longer tolled. This means that non-paying tenants are now subject to eviction.