Tenants of flooded rentals have rights

Many renters may not feel inclined to pay rent on a property that is uninhabitable or only partially habitable and one attorney who specializes in real estate and rental law said tenants may not have to.
News Story (Texas)

Jesse Wright
Port Arthur News (TX)
September 3, 2017

Tags: Disaster Recovery

Organizations mentioned/involved: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)


According to Robert Doggett, an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Texas’ renters’ law allows tenants to negotiate for reduced—or free—rents if their home is uninhabitable.

Doggett said Texas law allows home owners to make insurance claims for whatever damage is done to the homes they rent out and it also allows a landlord to avoid repairing anything until the insurance money comes.

Such a delay could take weeks or months, meaning homes with water damage could be rendered uninhabitable due to mold.