If you own rental property in Houston, you know that all sorts of issues can crop up, from problem tenants, to maintenance and repairs, to dealing with security deposits, you need an array of resources to draw from. And while you don’t need to know the answers to all your questions, you do need to know where to look. Here’s a list on online resources related to landlord-tenant law in Texas and Houston that might come in handy:
An outstanding resource for landlords, property managers, and tenants, the Texas Law Library’s Landlord/Tenant Law Guide offers direct links to statutes as well as information in “plain english.” They include:
- fact sheets from the Austin Tenant’s Council (which are just as helpful to rental owners as they explain the rights and duties of both landlord and tenant),
- Landlord-Tenants guide from Texas A&M Real Estate Center,
- and links to eviction resources.
If its seems that many of the resources are geared towards tenants, you’re right. However, those same resources are helpful for landlords as they lay out what your rights and obligations are, in easy-to-understand language.
The Houston Apartment Association is a resource and advocate for rental housing owners. To that end, the Association has put together a list of fair housing resources for rental owners. While geared towards large multi-family apartment situations, the resources are equally applicable to the independent landlord. And while you’re on the HAA site, check out their other resources.
We should note that the link to the Greater Houston Fair Housing Council appears to be inactive as of this writing, so we provide it above. Again, you’ll not that the GHFHC is geared towards renters. We’ll reiterate that the information is just as useful to landlords who wish to comply with fair housing laws. And in our experience, these organizations are very interested in helping landlords comply with the fair housing laws.
In addition, the City of Houston has a fair housing hotline that’s open to landlords and tenants. Call them if you have any fair housing law questions — you definitely don’t want to find out the hard way if you’ve been inadvertently violating the law.