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What you need to know if you have storm damage

HOUSTON – Tamika Thomas is simply one of many hundreds of Houstonians residing a moist, watery nightmare proper now.

The water pipes above her bed room burst open inside the house she is renting and now she is questioning who’s going to repair the pipes and all of the water damage.

“I was upstairs and all I heard was this big whoosh! I’m like what happened and all of the sudden I see all of this water pouring down,” Tamika stated.

If you hire an condominium or a home or a condominium, it’s your landlords obligation to repair the damage.

It’s your job to act shortly and notify your landlord of the issue straight away to restrict the damage executed.

“Texas law requires the landlord to fix issues that result as a consequence of a natural disaster, especially those that threaten the health and well being of the tenants living in that home”, David Sadegh with Lone Star Legal Aid stated.

David Sadegh is a lawyer specializing in landlord/tenant relations and he has this recommendation for you to get your landlord to take fast motion.


  • Step One: Call your landlord instantly to report the issue.

  • Step Two: Back that decision up with a written letter detailing the damage and ship it by way of licensed mail.

  • Step Three: Take photos and or video to totally illustrate the issue.

You ought to know that the legislation requires the owner to take motion shortly, normally inside seven days.

And if your landlord refuses to make repairs or fails to take motion, you ought to ship a second letter detailing the issues after which you could have to take authorized motion.

Attorney David Sadegh says you can file a case in Justice of The Peace Court.

“Yes, you can file a repair and remedy case at the Justice of The Peace Court and if you have given your landlord sufficient notice of the problem and the damage to your place, you can get a hearing before a judge.

You do not need to be a lawyer and the judge may order the landlord to make the proper repairs to your home”, Sadegh stated.

If you don’t know what to write to your landlord relating to the damage to your rental house or condominium, Lone Star Legal Aid has a free pattern letter you can use as a template. It’s accessible now on the organization’s website.


Something your landlord is just not accountable for is offering alternate housing whereas repairs are made. If have renter’s insurance coverage, you ought to contact your insurance coverage company to inquire about getting a resort room or one other place to keep.

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