Dallas Eviction Disputes Lawyer
If you are a landlord or tenant of a commercial real estate property and are planning to evict someone or are being evicted yourself, contact the real estate lawyers of Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. at (214) 317-4448 today. Landlords and tenants have a responsibility to one another. Landlords are usually charged with taking care of their properties, among other duties outlined in the leasing contract. On the other side, tenants are responsible for making their rent payments on time. In Texas, when a tenant becomes delinquent on their rent, a commercial landlord has the right to evict them. However, there are several steps a landlord must take before evicting a tenant. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, you must ensure your rights are protected. The best way to resolve any eviction dispute is with the help of a real estate lawyer. Contact our team of experienced attorneys at (214) 317-4448 today.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Texas eviction procedures are notoriously complicated. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, you need an experienced guide. Only a real estate attorney can provide you the top tier legal advice and support you need when navigating this process. With a lawyer’s help, you can ensure that no detail of your case is overlooked and ensure the best outcome for you.
Why Choose Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. to Handle My Case?
At Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., we treat all our clients like family. We know that the legal arena is a cold, calculated, and complicated world. In this difficult time, we lead with compassion and understanding. At Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. we will be your ally against those who seek to take advantage of you. We are dedicated to helping our clients through the complexities of landlord/tenant disputes. We utilize a unique team work approach, meaning your case will benefit from the unique perspectives of every member of our firm.
Cases We Handle
Eviction is the process of removing a tenant’s belongings from the space they occupy. In Texas, which is considered a landlord-friendly state, landlords are permitted to evict tenants if they fail to make a rent payment. However, failure to make a rent payment is not the only reason a tenant might be evicted. The following are additional reasons why a tenant could be forced to vacate their commercial space:
- Misuse of Property – In Texas, a set of municipal and federal codes govern how property is used. If a tenant violates these codes, it could constitute grounds for eviction.
- Breach of Contract – At the start of their relationship, a tenant and a landlord craft a contract that defines the responsibilities of both the landlord and the tenant. If a tenant violates the terms of the contract, it could be grounds for eviction.
In Texas, commercial evictions are not as simple as just turning a key in a lock. According to the Texas Property Code, there are steps that landlords must follow to lawfully evict a tenant. The following is a brief breakdown of how an eviction typically proceeds. It is important to note, however, that the terms of the lease between the landlord and the tenant take precedence over the Texas Property Code.
- Turning the Lock – The first step a landlord can take in an eviction is a physical turning of the lock on the door.
- Providing a Written Notice – At the time of the turning of the lock or shortly after, a landlord is responsible for providing written notice to the tenant. This notice must contain the name, address, and contact information of the person the tenant can contact to retrieve their keys. If the tenant has become delinquent on their rent, they can typically retrieve the keys once they pay the rent that is owed. If written notice is not provided, the eviction is not legal.
- Litigating an Eviction, Eviction Suits – If turning the lock is not satisfactory, a landlord can initiate an eviction suit, also called a forcible detainer. If the landlord pursues a forcible detainer, they will have to provide the tenant another notice of their action. If the landlord is successful in seeking a forcible detainer, the court may then issue a writ of possession.
- Writ of Possession – A writ of possession warns the tenant to remove their property from the premises and gives local law enforcement the ability to use “reasonable force” to carry out the eviction.
The eviction process can be tricky to navigate without a lawyer on your side. If you are currently in a dispute with your landlord or tenant regarding eviction, contact a real estate attorney today.
If you are in a dispute concerning eviction with your landlord or tenant, contact the commercial landlord-tenant dispute lawyers of Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. at (214) 317-4448 today. Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, we’ll help you better understand the eviction process and what is required. The initial case evaluation is free.