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Property Code and Housing Laws |Property Management Education in Dallas/Fort Worth

Shirley Johnson - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

There are a number of federal, state, and local laws, codes, and ordinances that you need to know when you own rental property in Texas. These laws are complex and they are always changing. One of the best reasons to work with a professional property manager in DFW is that you will have access to their knowledge and resources when it comes to compliance. Protect yourself from

liability and talk to a manager so you’re educated about these important issues.

Federal Housing Laws

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) manages most of the housing laws and programs on a federal level, including Section 8 housing vouchers and the Fair Housing Act. You’ll also need to pay attention to the Americans with Disabilities Act, especially as it pertains to service dogs and emotional support animals. If a tenant wants to move in an emotional support animal and you try to charge a pet fee, you’re going to run into legal trouble. A good property manager will prevent that.

Texas Property Code

You cannot rent property in Texas without being familiar with at least two sections of the Texas Property Code. Section 24 deals with how to manage evictions, and what to do when your tenants are in default and not paying rent. The process starts with a notice to vacate, and you need to follow every step perfectly, otherwise your eviction gets thrown out and your tenants continue living rent-free in your home. Section 92 is also important and references general requirements that promote tenant safety and security. You need to know about smoke detectors and door locks, and you also have to be very careful with how you handle and return the security deposit.

City Ordinances

Finally, there are city ordinances and laws that you need to pay attention to. Most communities in Texas require rental registrations. You cannot rent out a home without registering it, and that usually requires a fee and an inspection. Prepare to submit to annual inspections and inspections between tenants.

If you don’t know a law or you fall out of compliance with a code, you can face large expenses and a lot of liability. Avoid this by working with a professional property manager who is an expert in these matters. If you have any questions, please contact us at 3G Properties.

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