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After the Storm – Helpful Information

RENTING AFTER HARVEY

 

from Mike Mengden at Terra Residential Property Management:

Landlords and Tenants and floods. I have been talking to a lot of people in the last few days and thought I’d put something here because the questions are flying now. As an FYI, I am a long time property manager, run a residential property management office, teach leasing and property management to REALTORS, and I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY. These comments are just from my experience and knowledge.

First of all, agents getting contacted. Please know that your responsibility and fiduciary duty ended when the lease was signed, but we are all helpful people and like to do so, just don’t get yourself sued. There will be lots of tense times ahead on both sides, some bad information going around, and it should be cleared up somewhat. I have lived through more disasters than I can remember and the first thing I will say is that everyone needs to be reasonable. We are dealing with maybe the Landlord’s entire retirement fund, and the tenant’s home with all their possessions.

Tenants – please contact your Landlord, even if just to tell them that you are OK and the property is fine.

Landlords – same, contact the tenant to see if they are OK and if the property is OK. If not, there are rules and options.

Tenants – if you don’t have renters insurance for your stuff – you are out of luck. The Landlord is not responsible for your possessions. That is what renters insurance is for and only if it covers floods.

Landlords – if the property is flooded and it is serious, then both parties have rights, options, etc. to properly terminate the lease and allow the tenant to move and get their deposit back. However, they can’t abandon everything because the roof leaked in a closet.

Landlords, be reasonable – you can’t make a tenant stay in a house no longer habitable.

The issues and the lawsuits come up when the 2 parties can’t agree on how bad or how long the repairs might take. Tenants, understand that the Landlord may not have flood insurance, most won’t in this storm, and even if they do, most that I have ever seen do not pay lost rents, meaning if you move out, the Landlord has no rent coming in while repairs are being made. So be reasonable and have the conversation soon. Also, repairs won’t be made overnight. This is the worst disaster in Houston history, and the worst I have experienced before took months and months to have claims filed estimates done, even qualified contractors to show up. The 2 winter storms we had in the 90’s that caused massive frozen pipe breaks had plumbers from around the country descending on Houston and they still took months to get around to all the homes flooded with water from broken pipes. (Hint: In these cases, with the time frames involved, until those pipes are fixed, the water was off, the sheetrock could have been growing mold, and those homes were uninhabitable). Hurricane Ike took us 6 months to get some roofs replaced as there simply weren’t enough tarps and adjusters and roofers to fix it all timely. So everyone please be reasonable and try to get through this disaster without suing everyone.

One last thing – Tenants – you owe rent until you move. Withholding rent while you are arguing can get you evicted. I have seen a lot of well meaning and troubled tenants evicted from slumlords when they didn’t follow the rules. Follow the rules. Get assistance if needed. But don’t bully.

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RETAIN PROOF OF YOUR FLOODING BEYOND PICTURES / KEEP A FEW ITEMS IN CONJUNCTION WITH PICTURES AND VIDEO FOR ADJUSTER

 

WASHING CLOTHES AFTER FLOOD

FLOODED HOMES CAN BE FIXED BUT DO NOT DIY THE PROCESS

Many homes are being demo’ed right now that flooded 2016 and/or 2015 and mold is being found growing behind the walls. This did not occur from the Harvey Hurricane flood YET but from the prior years and not properly remediating the home.
 

MOLD INSPECTORS STATE OF TEXAS:

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WHAT IS COVERED ON MY FLOOD INSURANCE

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT

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DEBRIS REMOVAL IN HARRIS COUNTY

RESIDENTIAL DEBRIS AND DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

For Immediate Release

HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS—The Harris County Residential Debris and Damage Assessment Hotline is now open to assist Harris County residents living in unincorporated areas of the County with recovery and rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey.

Harris County Residential Debris and Damage Assessment Hotline – 713-274-3880

The Harris County Residential Debris and Damage Assessment Hotline staff is available to help residents answer questions about the following list of services:

Debris separation and removal from public roads and residential subdivisions.
Residential/Commercial Permits for repairing or replacing a damaged structure.
Phone numbers for other general recovery resources related to other basic needs.
The major goal of the Harris County Residential Debris and Damage Assessment Hotline is to ensure that public roads and other infrastructure do not pose an immediate threat to public safety. Harris County Residential Debris and Damage Assessment teams are currently working to conduct safety and damage assessments while clearing debris from public roads in areas where flood waters have receded. If you are in the process of clean-up and debris removal from your property, please take precautions to prevent disaster-related casualties and fatalities.

Be aware of damaged water, gas, and electric lines.
Be aware of damaged building and construction materials.
Do not attempt to conduct major tree work or reconstruction without proper equipment, permits, and training.
Be aware of household hazardous waste and contaminants.
Report any hazardous materials spills to: Harris County Pollution Control Services Department at 713-920-2831.

DEBRIS REMOVAL FORT BEND:

DEBRIS REMOVAL MONTGOMERY COUNTY:

DEBRIS IN WALLER COUNTY:

No Information has been updated on the county websites at the time of this email. The link below is where you might check for information on Debris Removal in Waller County will be found once they update it. At the very least it contains the contact information for Waller County OEM.
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