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Texas Rental Law is complex and often renters assume certain things about it without actually doing their research. Admit it, do you always read every document you sign? Did you read your entire Austin Apartment lease, even the portions that required a magnifying glass? Well you should! The first way to protect yourself from any nasty surprises during the term of your lease is to go over your lease agreement with a fine-toothed comb. Also, always get any changes or addendums to the lease in writing. Verbal agreements aren’t usually legally binding and you don’t want to take the chance that your landlord has a different memory of your conversation than you do.
Do you think that if your stuff is destroyed by a fire, flood or other disaster, your landlord will reimburse you for the cost of your belongings? Busted! Unless your landlord is proven to have been negligent or your lease says otherwise, they have no responsibility for the contents of your apartment. Your best bet is to get renter’s insurance so that in the event of calamity, you’ll be protected.
These myths are just the tip of the iceburg. Be sure to read the entire article at Austin Tenants’ Council so too you can be a Rental Law Mythbuster!