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A Texas Lock Law Landlord/Tenant Factoid

August 31, 2019

This month, ReKey Xpress Locksmith wants to bring you some useful information about Texas lock law. If you rent property, this is for you!

The tenant may:

  • Install, repair, change, replace or rekey the security devices as required and deduct the reasonable cost of material, labor, taxes and extra keys from the tenant’s next rent payment in accordance with section 92.166;
  • Unilaterally terminate the lease without court proceedings; and
  • File suit against the landlord and obtain a judgment for:
    • a) a court order directing the landlord to comply, if the tenant is in possession of the dwelling;
    • b) the actual damages;
    • c) punitive damages if the tenant suffers actual damages and the landlord’s failure to comply is intentional, malicious or grossly negligent;
    • d) a civil penalty of one month’s rent plus $500;
    • e) court costs; and
    • f) attorney’s fees except in suits for recover of property damages, personal injuries or wrongful death.

For more information about Texas lock law, reach out to the experts at ReKey Xpress Locksmith today!

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