Monday, January 31, 2011

Our Blog Now Publishes to our Facebook page!

We are excited to announced that you can now find our blog posts on our A Plus Apartment Locators Facebook page under on the wall and under the "Blog" tab.  For those of you who don't get to visit the blog site much, we hope this is an easy way for you to get your updates!

Great article on Tenant Rights in regards to Utilities!

The Housing Rights Advocate, the quarterly publication for the Austin Tenant's Council had a great article on Tenant Rights in regards to utilities. This subject is a mystery to so many, I thought I would share it. The portions of the article, titled "Court Orders Landlord to Restore Utilities", are shown below.

A landlord may shut off any utility (electricity, water, wastewater, and gas) to carry out repairs or construction or in an emergency. A landlord may never shut off electricity, water, wastewater, or gas because the tenant is delinquent with a rent or utility payment. Any provision of a lease that purports to waive any of the tenant's rights, liabilities, or duties under the utility shut-off law is void.

If a landlord or a landlord's agent violates any of the rules for shutting off electrical service, the tenant may:
Either recover possession of the premises or terminate the lease; and
Recover from the landlord actual damages; the greater of one month's rent or $500; reasonable attorney's fees; and court costs, less any delinquent rent or other sums for which the tenant is liable to the landlord.

If a landlord has interrupted utility service in violation of Section 92.008 of the Texas Property Code, the tenant may obtain relief after filing a sworn complaint specifying the facts of the landlord's disconnection with the justice court in the precinct in which the rental premises are located. The tenant must also state orally under oath the facts of the unlawful utility disconnection during an appearance in court.
If the court believes that an unlawful utility disconnection has likely occurred, the court may issue an order that entitles the tenant to immediate and temporary restoration of utility service pending a final hearing.
Hopefully you're never in that situation, but if you are, it's important to know your rights and the landlord's rights.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Check Out Our Brand New Apartment Locating Video!

Apartment locators, a little bit myth and little bit mystery... Okay seriously; if they even know that apartment finders exist, many people still don't fully understand the apartment locating industry or how it can help them. We are on our second video helping to answer people's questions on how apartment locating works and what they can expect from their apartment finder! Check it out!