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when can landlord enter property

we have a rent house that the tenant has changed the locks. the tenant also is behind in the rent and utilities. we sent him a notice to vacate via certified mail and have the receipt that he signed for it, that was almost two weeks ago. my question is do we have the right to enter the property? no one has been there when we have checked

  • November 26 2011 - Wichita Falls
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Save time and money, hire an eviction lawyer asap, sometimes by trying to cut costs you could end up doing the wrong thing and at the end it would end up costing you more.
  • December 08 2011
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I can not give legal advice, however, give a 24 hour notice to enter premises. Say you need to do a routine inspection or something. Also I would highly recommend talking to an eviction lawyer. Best, Joshua Rabinovitz.

  • November 27 2011
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You need to review your lease it provides those terms.
  • November 26 2011
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Check your lease. Many times its a 24 hours notice. You also have the right to enter the property if you think there is an issue like a water lease. I would talk to an attorney right away though if they are behind in their rent. 
  • November 26 2011
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Looking around, the Texas law seems heavily weighted in favor of the tenant. Here are some sites with info...

a site with general landlord/tenant info for Texas
information specific to a landlord's right to enter a property
the Attorney General's website on the topic
here is Chap 92 referenced on the AG's site

There is a provision indicating it is not lawful for the tenant to change or rekey the locks (Chap 92.163), and there are also statutes allowing the landlord to change the locks with delinquent tenants - although it also seems to require the landlord to provide a key on demand, even if the tenant is still delinquent.

Bottom line...

Read up well, and probably get advice from a Texas attorney familiar with Texas rental statutes. I am not an attorney, but I'd want to make sure I did eveything "by the book", as the codes seem heavily weighted towards the tenant's rights.

  • November 26 2011
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