The laws surrounding the interactions between landlords and tenants and the rights entailed therein are different in commercial real estate than they are for private dwellings. Texas has its own property code that explains what your rights are as the tenant of a commercial property in this state.

Utilities and property management

 Texas Property Code states that as a commercial tenant, you have the right to access the property you are renting, unless you are delinquent on even part of your rent, in which case your landlord is allowed to change the locks to prevent you from entering. If you have abandoned the property, then the landlord may restrict your access while they remove your property. Otherwise, the landlord may only restrict your access to the property in an emergency situation, or if there is a need for construction or repairs.

The repair and replacement clause also applies to the actual doors, windows, furniture and appliances of the property. Unless it is being repaired or replaced, a landlord cannot remove any appliances or furniture, and he or she may not remove window opening mechanisms, hinges, doorknobs, locks or latches.

If you are unlawfully locked out

 If a landlord has violated your rights in locking you out of the property, you may file with the court to attempt to obtain a writ of reentry. The court will evaluate your claim and determine if the landlord has actually broken the law, and if so, the court may choose to issue a writ of reentry.

This is an informational article and is not intended to be used as legal advice.