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7 Things That Can Ruin Your Chances at Winning an Eviction Lawsuit in Houston

7 Things That Can Ruin Your Chances at Winning an Eviction Lawsuit in Houston

December 2, 2021

  Are you in the process of evicting a tenant or about to start the process? Evictions are fully legal now that the CDC’s eviction moratorium has ended. However, if you’re a property investor in Houston, Texas, eviction lawsuits aren’t always easy to win. The courts generally favor tenants over landlords, unless there’s strong evidence… [Read More]

4 Things to Avoid When Renting to Tenants Who Live on Your Houston Land

4 Things to Avoid When Renting to Tenants Who Live on Your Houston Land

November 30, 2021

Do you own some land in Houston with a separate, detached livable unit you’d like to rent out? If you’re considering renting to a tenant who will share your land, but not your home, there are several things you need to know. Renting out a separate, livable unit on your land is a good way… [Read More]

How to Create the Perfect Listing for Renting out a Room in Houston

How to Create the Perfect Listing for Renting out a Room in Houston, Texas

November 25, 2021

Your ability to attract great tenants in Houston begins with how well you write your rental listings. A clear, direct, and detailed listing is the best way to attract your ideal tenant. However, there is an art to writing rental listings that attract great tenants over tenants who will take anything they can get. Ultimately,… [Read More]

8 Pros and Cons of Allowing Your Tenants to Sublet in Houston, Texas

8 Pros and Cons of Allowing Your Tenants to Sublet in Houston, Texas

November 23, 2021

Do you allow your tenants to sublet extra rooms to housemates? Most Houston landlords prohibit subletting because it can be an invitation for trouble, including property damage. Housemates don’t always get along; sometimes, roommate situations turn sour. But there are benefits to allowing your tenants to sublet. If you’re not sure which way to go,… [Read More]

How to Find (and Emphasize) Whatever Makes Your Houston, Texas Home Unique

How to Find (and Emphasize) Whatever Makes Your Houston, Texas Home Unique

November 18, 2021

How many homes do you think are in Houston? According to the Census Bureau, there were 858,374 households as of 2019. That number has likely risen since then. Putting aside semantic debates about what qualifies as a “household,” that’s nearly a million homes all in the same city, many of which were built around the… [Read More]

4 Things You Must Do When You Have Problem Tenants in Houston

4 Things You Must Do When You Have Problem Tenants in Houston

November 4, 2021

Do you have tenants who cause problems with neighbors or won’t honor the terms of their lease? Did your renters stop paying their rent? Are they hoarding exotic animals or engaging in suspected drug deals? If you’re like most Houston landlords, you’ve been doing everything possible to avoid filing an eviction lawsuit. It makes sense… [Read More]

Never Change These 4 Lease Terms for Month-to-Month Tenants in Houston (Unless Absolutely Necessary)

Never Change These 4 Lease Terms for Month-to-Month Tenants in Houston (Unless Absolutely Necessary)

November 2, 2021

Once a tenant’s lease becomes month-to-month in Houston, you can amend the lease with 30 days’ notice. There are some terms you can’t change, but for the most part, you can change the rules as needed. While there are plenty of lease terms you might want to change, some terms should only be amended if… [Read More]

How to Communicate with Problematic Tenants to Maintain Your Legal Advantage in Houston

How to Communicate with Problematic Tenants to Maintain Your Legal Advantage in Houston

October 21, 2021

Nobody expects to end up with problematic tenants, but it happens. Unfortunately, when you have problematic tenants, it’s not easy to evict them. Renters have strong protections that sometimes cover disruptive tenants when little evidence is available. There are only two roads you can travel with problematic tenants. Although you can sometimes get rid of… [Read More]

How to Avoid Unfounded Retaliation Lawsuits After Serving an Eviction Notice in Houston

How to Avoid Unfounded Retaliation Lawsuits After Serving an Eviction Notice in Houston

October 19, 2021

Tenants tend to file retaliation lawsuits after receiving a notice to vacate, an eviction notice, or a notice of changed lease terms. No matter how hard you try to keep your tenants happy, some tenants would rather spend their time and money suing their landlord than acquiesce to changes they don’t like. If you haven’t… [Read More]

How to Attract Reliable Tenants in Houston During COVID-19

How to Attract Reliable Tenants in Houston During COVID-19

October 14, 2021

Reliable tenants make it easy to be a landlord. Thankfully, reliable tenants aren’t hard to find in Houston. You just need to know how to reel the good ones in and discourage unreliable people from applying. During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding reliable tenants in Houston can be challenging. Plenty of people are looking for a… [Read More]