Audio, News Story (Texas)
February 28, 2018
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Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant
Organizations mentioned/involved: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)
Fuchs says a landlord can take a tenant’s property only because of unpaid rent – not past due utilities, maintenance or other costs. There are also restrictions on what exactly landlords can take. They can’t take a tenant’s clothing, food, medicine or family portraits, for example. But they can take TVs, musical instruments and furniture, with some exceptions.
Fuchs, who has worked on a number of these cases over the years, says tenants usually aren’t aware that a landlord has this right until they have to deal with it firsthand. Still, Fuchs says, liens are typically not the first option landlords go for to secure payment.