An Interesting Experience!
In April, my family and I rented this property for 4 days to attend my son’s wedding. Within a short time after signing the rental agreement, the property owner followed with an egregious addendum to the contract that violated and eliminated renter’s rights, and gave the owner sole discretion to evict the renter at a moment’s notice, at any time without refunding rental payment or security deposit. The owner claimed bad experiences with previous renters required him to do so. I refused to sign the addendum and encouraged him to seek an attorney’s advice on Texas rental law to explain how to properly structure a lawful rental agreement, and why forcing a unilateral addendum to an already signed agreement was not binding and enforceable.
After a late check-in the first night, we found no hot bathroom or shower water to the 3 bedrooms on the first floor, a terrible inconvenience for family members who wanted to wash-up or shower before retiring after a long trip, and upon awakening early the next morning. This was a major maintenance problem that the owner of a properly maintained house should have resolved prior to occupancy. Also, a convenient second key to the premises that the owner provided did not work in the lock.
However, the most annoying issue was that the property, situated on a lake, has an infestation of bugs that swarm by the thousands, especially at night. Thousands of bugs cling to the exterior of the windows and doors each night. The owner has not provided screens for doors that are used to enter the house, the pool, or the balcony. As a result, many bugs fly into the house along with the occupants as they use the doors to enter or exit. At the end of the rental period, once the occupants depart, the owner deems it his prerogative to deduct a substantial portion of the security deposit to fumigate the house.
Owner's Response: If renters would have notified us of the hot water problem, we could have handled it that first evening. We didn't learn about it until after they left!! We have a very sophisticated solar system with backup On Demand hot water system, which is one of the best and most efficient. As for bugs, we can't control mother nature, but we definitely warned renters about the presence of these bugs and asked them not to leave doors or windows open at night. We only deducted a small amount to fumigate bugs and refunded balance.
Helpful votes: 7/9
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