Who will be held liable in a Texas court ?

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Who will be held liable in a Texas court ?

I rented out my guest house to a tenant who ended up installing an illegal 8-liner after signing a 3 month contract. Who will be held liable in a court of Texas after the Sheriff’s department comes kicking the doors down. I the owner or the tenant with a 3 month contract?

I await your response

Thanks for ur time .

Asked on September 15, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Liability, whether criminal or civil (i.e. charges or a lawsuit) is based on "fault": that is, who did this? If the tenant did and you did not play any role in it (e.g. did not cooperate with him, help with the installation, etc.) he, not you, will be liable.

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