What if My Landlord Retaliates?

Some renters might worry that their landlord will evict them or otherwise retaliate against them if they file a civil claim for an excessive rent late fee. You shouldn't be worried.

Landlords are unlikely to retaliate against a tenant who pursues a legal claim for unlawful late fees or other tenant fees — and for good reason. The Texas Property Code contains specific provisions to address situations where a tenant asserts his or her legal rights under the property code.

In general, these provisions in the code prohibit landlords from retaliating against tenants in these instances. But if they do, the property code provides the tenant with an additional legal claim against the landlord for additional statutory damages and penalties, including attorney fees. In other words, retaliation is a bad idea for a landlord.

For More Information About The Rights of Texas Renters

If your landlord has retaliated against you for filing a rent late fee claim, call 512-474-6092 or send us an email to learn more about your legal options. Our law office is in Austin, and we file apartment rent late fee claims for clients throughout Texas.