Texas tenant rights?? Long question?
Question by Cassie: Texas tenant rights?? Long question?
Hi, I live in Texas and am currently renting a property. The property has some acreage and a shop. On the lease, we signed that we would be using the home and some land, and the majority of the land was for the landlord’s horses and for their shop so they could use it as storage. She gave a verbal agreement that they would only come over to feed their horses and would call before they came.
We have been living here for 8 months now, and have never received a call notifying us that they are coming over. He sons are over here almost on a daily basis using the shop right next to the house as a personal car repair facility. There is much noise, we cannot let our dogs out when they are over, and sometimes they will use the property like a parking lot, and have as many as three of their vehicles over. I am a 23 year old female, and feel very uncomfortable when there are 4-10 young males running around outside and I am home alone. They sometimes come over in the morning and do not leave until well after dark. They have been here until 1 in the morning, being very loud outside, and again, we cannot let the dogs go outside with them here.
She also told us before we moved that the electric bill runs about 180 per month. This summer, during the heat, we could not get our temperature in the house to go below 79 degrees, and when it is 104+ outside, it is miserable. Trying to keep the house at least below 80 (which often it would not get below 82) has caused our electric bill to be above or around 400 dollars, which is ridiculous. My question is, is the lack of privacy anything we can do about? Is there a privacy act in Texas they are violating? The money for utilities is gone, and although it has made things financially harder, the temperature outside should start cooling. I am completely miserable here, and we have until the end of December before lease is up so we can leave this horrible place.
Answer by Iffy
No lack of privacy right. You signed a lease agreeing to them using the shop. You can explain to the landlord you are uncomfortable with the frequency and amount of Young men on the premises.
Electric bill is within your control.
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