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I am sorry to hear about this situation.
Texas law demands that the landlord repair any condition that affects a tenant’s health and safety. Under Texas Property Code §92.052 et seq, a landlord is required to make a diligent effort to repair or remedy a condition materially affects the physical health or safety of the tenant. In addition, if the landlord block part of the property, one can also ask for lowered rent under the same doctrine.
If the landlord does not fix the problem after being notified by the tenant in writing and given reasonable time to do so, the tenant has the right to:
-terminate the lease, or
-have the condition remedied and deduct from the rent, or
-sue for damages
and injunction to do repairs not exceeding $10,000 in the Justice of the Peace Court.
However, this is not automatic. To get the rent lowered due to the issue, one has to follow certain steps. See here
and scroll down to Option #3: Repair and deduct
to do so.
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