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You simply need to sue the tenant. If the amount is $10,000 or less, you can bring this in small claims court without a lawyer. Your tenant is in default and you have the right to all your damages, including unpaid rent until the property can be re-leased, any costs of re-leasing, damages caused by the tenant, and attorney fees. Filing the suit will give you the collection options and leverage you need to collect the debt owed you. That's because once the suit is filed and a judgment awarded, you become a judgment creditor, and if he doesn’t then pay the judgment, you can have the sheriff serve a summons on him for a debtor examination. That forces him to meet you in court again and answer questions under oath about his assets. After that information is obtained, you have the power to attach bank accounts, have the sheriff seize other personal property, and/or place liens on any non-homestead property he owns to satisfy the judgment.
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Hi Ray here a new expert.You can sue for the rent, the repair costs and loss of sale.You can sue up to $10k here yourself in small claims, if you want to sue for more here you will need a lawyer and seek legal fees and costs.
Small claims you file in your jp precinct
You are also able to apply the security deposit to the losses.
Lawyer referral if you want to sue in a higher court.
This is a breach of contract lease suit here in Texas.You can recover all the damages you incurred here.
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