because they don’t break fire code (unless
they are used indoors —don’t grill in your
apartment!) What if you just love that
char-grilled taste, and electric just won’t
do it for you? Since the new barbeque laws
were passed in 2003, many landlords have
installed community grills on their properties to attract barbeque lovers. Many of
Austin’s parks also have grills. Barbequing
may not be as easy for Austin apartment
dwellers as it is for home owners, but it’s
still possible. If you think you will want to
grill at your apartment, make sure to find a
complex with available facilities.
Other Austin fire codes regulate how long
holiday lights can stay up ( 90 days) and
proper installation of smoke detectors.
Breaking codes can not only result in fines
for tenants, but you may also be risking
your right to rent the apartment. Before
signing a lease, make sure you read it
carefully. It covers the landlords rules and
regulations, and may also obligate you to
obey fire codes and other restrictions.
While Austin may have strict fire and
housing regulations, the city also gives
its residents their deserved housing
rights. The Federal Fair Housing Act
protects against discrimination in the
areas of race, color, national origin, sex,
disability, religion, and familial status.
Austin’s Fair Housing Act goes even
further, protecting tenants from discrim-
ination regarding marital status, student
status, sexual orientation, age, and gender
identity. The Austin Tenant’s Council
is a non-profit organization that helps
Austinites fight against landlords who
do not acknowledge a tenant’s rights.
If you feel discriminated against while
apartment hunting or moving in, they can
help. Their motto is “Safe, Decent, Fair
Housing for All,” and that means being
able to move two adults and a child into
a one-bedroom apartment, bringing your
service pets, and much more.
The best way to fight for your rights as a
tenant is to make sure you understand
those rights and ask potential landlords a
lot of questions — before signing a lease.
While you may be tempted to skip reading
the lease agreement to secure that perfect
apartment, don’t. Texas has no “buyer’s
remorse” law for leasing agreements, so
once you’ve signed, you are responsible for
carrying out your side of the deal. Check
the lease carefully for clauses regarding
Landlord’s Entry (when a landlord can
enter you apartment), Landlord’s Lien (a
landlord’s right to seize some of your prop-
erty as collateral until you pay back rent),
and Evictions. Also, make sure you under-
stand any renters insurance requirements
or additional pet owner responsibilities if
you have or want a pet.
Renting an apartment can be an exciting
time as you picture your future as a new
Austinite. It can also be a stressful time
because there is such high demand for
apartments in Austin. It’s important to keep
a level head and make sure you have all of
your ducks (or dogs, cats, or fish) in a row
before signing that lease and moving in.
Renting an apartment in Austin is a
great way to get to know the Live Music
Capital of the World from the inside out.
Apartment living is ideal for new Austin
transplants, or veteran Austinites with an
on-the-go lifestyle, where convenience
and flexibility are a must. While Austin’s
high-demand apartment market can make
finding and securing a great apartment
challenging, it’s easy to find local experts
to help you. If you think the Austin apartment lifestyle may be for you, take that
first step and start investigating! Thousands upon thousands of Austinites can
tell you it’s worth it!
Renting an apartment in Austin
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