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You have to love deadbeat tenants sometimes... This is not "harassment". While the individual might feel "harassed", "harassment" in a legal sense is based upon the intent of the "harasser", not the feelings of the "harassed". So even though the tenant might feel harassed, that is frankly meaningless. Only in the situation where you intend to harass would that constitute harassment, and if the tenant were to take you to court for that, they would have to prove the harssment, including your intent to harass.
As for what you can do:
"Self help eviction" (such as changing the locks) is permitted in commercial evictions in Texas, even though they are not permitted in residential evictions.
That being said, you should still give notice (written) to the tenant if they are late on their rent, and if they don't pay within 7 days, you can change the lock.
excellent. thanks for the information! Bill
But a single text is certainly not harassment, particularly when you're seeking money that they owe you. If you were calling and texting them repeatedly, that could constitute harassment, but you have not done anything at this point that would go that far.
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