Landlords are required to rent units at a standard described by the Texas State Attorney General as "a fit place to live." If some aspect of the property, through no fault of the tenant, fails to be maintained to that general standard, the tenant may demand repairs of any condition that materially affects his health and safety. The law provides that a tenant can go to justice court, overseen by justices of the peace, without an attorney to seek court action for repairs costing under $10,000. Penalties are imposed on the landlord for not making necessary repairs. Penalties are imposed on the tenant for failing to pay rent because of needed repairs or for deducting the cost of repairs from the rent.
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If the house is unlivable, I would think it would be tough to force you to pay rent.
Unless for some reason the short was your fault, with overloaded circuits.
See if Baylor has a free law clinic that could help you for free.