Hi, Betty, Thank you for your additional information. I apologize for the delay, but my computer froze and I had to shut it down and restart it.
What the landlord did in putting padlocks on the doors was illegal and contrary to Texas Law,
§ 93.002. INTERRUPTION OF UTILITIES, REMOVAL OF PROPERTY,
AND EXCLUSION OF COMMERCIAL TENANT.
(c) A landlord may not intentionally prevent a tenant from
entering the leased premises except by judicial process unless the
exclusion results from:
(1) bona fide repairs, construction, or an emergency;
(2) removing the contents of premises abandoned by a
(3) changing the door locks of a tenant who is
delinquent in paying at least part of the rent.
(d) A tenant is presumed to have abandoned the premises if
goods, equipment, or other property, in an amount substantial
enough to indicate a probable intent to abandon the premises, is
being or has been removed from the premises and the removal is not
within the normal course of the tenant's business.
Therefore, your daughter would have every right to remove the padlock because the landlord's action was contrary to the Texas Statute which I provided for your reference,
Additionally, under Texas law, a landlord can charge a late fee only if it is provided in the lease and the late fee must be reasonable. The landlord charging a 20% late can hardly be called "reasonable" . and would be determined to be quite excessive,
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