Janet Portman, Attorney; Marcia Stewart; and Ralph Warner, Attorney
October 2013, 1st Edition
If you’re a Texas landlord, understand that state law regulates all aspects of your business—but you can’t afford to consult a lawyer every time you have a legal question. Here’s a quick, plain-English guide to the key legal and practical information every Texas landlord needs to run a successful business.
Learn how to:
avoid problem tenants by checking references, criminal history, and credit reports
protect yourself from discrimination claims and lawsuits
head off rent withholding by setting up a good repair and maintenance system, and
make allowable deductions from tenants’ security deposits.
Ralph "Jake" Warner, a pioneer of the do-it-yourself law movement, founded Nolo with Ed Sherman in 1971. Nolo began publishing do-it-yourself law books written by Jake and his colleagues after numerous publishers rejected them. When personal computers came along, he added software to many Nolo books. When the Internet arrived, he championed the move online, where Nolo published huge amounts of free legal information.