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The Texas Tenants’ Union is a nonprofit tenants’ rights organization. We empower tenants through education and organizing to protect their rights, preserve their homes, improve their living conditions and enhance the quality of life in their communities.

 

How we do this:

  • Free weekly tenants’ rights workshops – held at our office every Wednesday night at 6:30. Workshops cover leases, eviction, deposits, and repairs. Afterwards, one-to-one help is available.

  • Written materials including a Handbook of Tenants’ Rights (available in English and Spanish), form letters for common problems such as getting security deposits back, getting repairs done, and finding out who owns the property.

  • Organizing assistance – at the apartment complex level, and around city, state, and federal housing issues.

  • Counseling to help individuals solve their tenant/landlord problems.

  • Training for tenants on how to represent themselves in the Justice of the Peace court in cases with their landlord.

  • Referrals for emergency rent assistance, legal help, and/or appropriate social services.

 

Individual face to face meetings  are also available through out the week for members with a prearranged appointment.

 

For more information on these resources please call us at (214) 823-2733. 

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4 Comments

  1. Priscilla Salinas says:

    I thought I got into a apartment, a lady there took my money order she gave me key to dwelling, been there two weeks, got notice on car towing notice, went to apartment office met owner he welcoming me to the complex gave me sticker for car a week later got 3 day notice on door to vacate for no lease, I was not giving a lease in the beginning, on 4/1/16 went to office and met the real manager lady she was explaining that she and owner where out of town and that the lady there shouldn’t have took the money order and should have giving me a lease, and that they did a back ground check on me and partner, partner came back not approved, me I did, and the ower wanted to meet him, meanwhile for him to stay on the low low, til the owner got back, on 4/4/16 we met owner, he told us we could stay until 4/15/16, we gave April rent paid in full, I have all receipts, he will gave back 337.50$ on that day, owner is on probation and has violations with the City of Irving. I need to know my and what to do. Please help me,.

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  2. Valerie says:

    I would like to no do apartment studios charge a tenant for water bill and electric? It was not stated to you when you moved into the studio apartment? Can they do this!

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  3. Who pays for utilities should be covered in the lease contract. If you have a Texas Apartment Association lease (TAA), it’s in #7. If you need additional information and are in the Dallas Fort Worth area, we hold free tenants’ rights workshops in our office every Wednesday night at 6:30. If you come, be sure to bring your lease with you.

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  4. Sorry for the delay in responding. When you don’t have a lease contract, but you pay rent by the month, you are entitled to a 30-day notice. If you pay by the week, you are entitled to a 7-day notice. I am pasting Section 91.001 of the Texas Property Code below. If you need additional information, we hold free tenants’ rights workshops in our office every Wednesday night at 6:30. We’re located at 8035 East RL Thornton Frwy, Suite 535. This is exit 52A off of Interstate 30 in East Dallas.

    There are new rules now on criminal backgrounds. Here is the link to the notice issued on April 4th. http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=HUD_OGCGuidAppFHAStandCR.pdf

    Sec. 91.001. NOTICE FOR TERMINATING CERTAIN TENANCIES. (a) A monthly tenancy or a tenancy from month to month may be terminated by the tenant or the landlord giving notice of termination to the other.
    (b) If a notice of termination is given under Subsection (a) and if the rent-paying period is at least one month, the tenancy terminates on whichever of the following days is the later:
    (1) the day given in the notice for termination; or
    (2) one month after the day on which the notice is given.
    (c) If a notice of termination is given under Subsection (a) and if the rent-paying period is less than a month, the tenancy terminates on whichever of the following days is the later:
    (1) the day given in the notice for termination; or
    (2) the day following the expiration of the period beginning on the day on which notice is given and extending for a number of days equal to the number of days in the rent-paying period.
    (d) If a tenancy terminates on a day that does not correspond to the beginning or end of a rent-paying period, the tenant is liable for rent only up to the date of termination.
    (e) Subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d) do not apply if:
    (1) a landlord and a tenant have agreed in an instrument signed by both parties on a different period of notice to terminate the tenancy or that no notice is required; or
    (2) there is a breach of contract recognized by law.

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