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TABLE OF CONTENTS

OVERVIEW ..................................................................................1 Warning .........................................................................................1

SELECTING YOUR NEW HOME .............................................2 Application Fees .............................................................................3

THE LEASE AND IMPORTANT PROVISIONS .......................3 Rent and Late Fees .........................................................................4 House Rules ...................................................................................5 Landlord's Right to Enter...............................................................6 Repair Language.............................................................................6 Occupants and Visitors ..................................................................6 Parking and Towing Rules and Policies...........................................7 Lease Time Period and Month-to-Month Leases ............................7 Changing Terms in the Middle or End of a Lease ..........................8

MOVING INTO YOUR NEW HOME.......................................8

INFORMATION ON RENTERS’ INSURANCE FROM THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE ..................9

TENANT RIGHTS AND REMEDIES ......................................11 Repairs and Improvements ...........................................................11 Exceptions to the Landlord's Duty to Repair...............................12 Procedure for Obtaining Repairs................................................13 Exception For Major Damage ...................................................17 Retaliation for Requesting Repairs or Exercising our Rights as a enant .........................................................................17 Withholding Rent Is Almost Always a Bad Idea..........................18 Improving or Changing the Premises..........................................18 Condemned or Closing Property ................................................19 Governmental Fines..................................................................19 Locks and Security Devices ..........................................................19 Landlord Must Rekey Between enancies....................................20 Procedure and Remedies for Lock Problems ................................20 Smoke Detectors ..........................................................................21 Landlord's Duty to Inspect and Repair.......................................21 Procedure and Remedies for Smoke Detector Problems ................21 enant Disabling of Smoke Detector..........................................22 Security Deposits..........................................................................22 Landlord Must Refund or Explain Within 30 Days....................22 Exceptions and Miscellaneous ....................................................23 Security Deposit of a Deceased enant........................................23 Hold Deposits...........................................................................24 Don't se Deposit As Last Month's Rent....................................24 enant’s Rights regarding Emergencies, Family Violence, and Military Service ..................................................................24

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