Landlord Tenant Law

Landlord Tenant Law

Residential leases and commercial leases are complex and may be difficult to understand. However, when leasing any space in Texas, some type of lease is required. Simoneaux Law Firm helps clients understand the nuances of landlord-tenant law, using an in-depth knowledge to protect clients’ interests.

Understanding When You May Need a Landlord-Tenant Lawyer

There are several scenarios in which you could benefit from hiring a knowledgeable landlord-tenant attorney. If you own residential or commercial property you intend to rent, or if you want to enter a lease for space as a tenant, working with an attorney can be in your best interest.

Similarly, if you have a lease in place but want to understand your options for breaking or terminating that lease — or want to explore modifying a lease due to changed circumstances — a real estate attorney can help with the process.

Well-Structured Written Leases Can Protect Your Rights and Interests

Texas leases can be oral or written, with the exception of leases that are for a period longer than one year. They must be in writing or the terms of the lease are not enforceable. In any instance, written leases are preferred. In the event a legal issue arises, it may be problematic going into a courtroom relying only on the spoken word.

A written lease holds more value as the terms can clearly be seen, which binds the landlord and the tenant to the terms agreed upon in the lease. Prospective tenants and landlords may want to consider consulting with an accomplished attorney to ensure the lease is fair and follows Texas law. Attorney Maggie R. Simoneaux-Cuaso has years of experience guiding tenants and landlords through residential and commercial lease processes.

Information typically included in the lease:

While provisions of your lease agreement will depend on the circumstances at hand, most Texas written leases include the following:

  • Duration of the lease
  • Who pays the utilities
  • Who pays property taxes and assessments
  • Terms of eviction
  • Who is responsible for repairs
  • Rent amount and due date
  • Penalties if rent is paid late
  • Restrictions (e.g., pets, smoking, etc.)
  • Security deposit amount

Why Consider Hiring a Texas Landlord Attorney?

A reputable Texas landlord-tenant lawyer can make the entire leasing process easier on you, while protecting you against future risks.

By hiring an attorney to help you negotiate, terminate, or modify a lease for residential or commercial real estate, you can be confident that terms will be drafted in a way that shields your interests. You can also have peace of mind that comes from knowing your lease or related transaction complies with Texas law.

Work With Simoneaux Law Firm Before Signing a Texas Commercial or Residential Lease

As a seasoned landlord lawyer, Attorney Maggie R. Simoneaux-Cuaso knows landlord law and is committed to protecting her clients’ interests during lease negotiations. Representation also includes addressing any future legal matters that arise between the landlord and the tenant.

In addition to being a skilled landlord-tenant lawyer, Attorney Maggie R. Simoneaux-Cuaso is a California-licensed real estate broker, giving her further insight she uses to support her clients’ interests.

Some of the lease transactions frequently handled by Simoneaux Law Firm include:

  • Commercial leases;
  • Residential leases;
  • Lease termination;
  • Lease extensions; and
  • Lease modification.

If you are in Austin, Texas, or one of its surrounding communities and need a real estate attorney, contact Simoneaux Law Firm today to schedule your initial consultation with Attorney Maggie R. Simoneaux-Cuaso.