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can you offer a gift card to get your house rented quicker

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can you offer a gift card to get your house rented quicker?
Hello and thank you for the opportunity to assist you. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will do my very best to answer your legal questions.

Just so I understand you, are you suggesting that you, as a landlord, will offer a tenant a gift card (e.g., Outback Steakhouse gift car, Walmart gift card, etc.) for signing a lease?

If that is your question, then the answer is yes. There is no law that would restrict you from doing that. You're free to give tenants gift cards whenever you'd like.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I thought I read somewhere in laws of Alabama you cant bribe a tenant to rent your property. I thought this would be coerced in to the house?

Hello again.

First and foremost, the offer of a gift card would neither be a bribe nor coercion. It is simply an incentive. I've never seen anything to indicate that what you suggest would be illegal. Where did you read that?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I really thought Ive read this before. Because the tenant has to sign a binding lease... it would be like signing something under false acceptance or wants.

Hmmm, I don't see the issue. Sometimes landlords offer incentives. Usually, it's something like reduced rent for the first month, but I see no reason that a gift card can't be offered. I couldn't find any Texas law that would prohibit it. I don't know how the tenant could argue that anything false occurred.
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