Is pay or quit notice required by TX law? Only received vacate notice.

Asked by Lo Do, Houston, TX Wed Jun 4, 2008

I was out of town more than I realized and returned on the third. The office was closed. I went into the office on the fourth with a check, but had to return with a money order. Meanwhile on the back of my door was a form that indicated I must unconditionally vacate in three days. I don't understand this is my first time being late and my only lease violation. I found the note after I had already paid the rent. What should I do and why is this happening to me? My husband's about to leave for the military on this really isn't the best time to look for a new place.

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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Thu Jun 5, 2008
Typically we don't use pay or quit...... it's just a vacate notice these days. Often you can work out something with the pay your rent, pay your late fees, etc, but you need to talk with them about it. Chances are your payment and the notice crossed paths. I'd take the notice to them and ask what your status is and if they can give you a letter that now says your current. If you are out of town a lot, you might want to set up an autodraft on your checking account to make an automatic deposit to avoid these situations. This is also our standard practice and we tell tenants straight up that payment is due 5pm on the 1st, there are no warnings or no grace periods, phone calls to check on you, etc, but we post the notice the next day.
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Wed Jun 4, 2008
It maybe their standard practice I would contact the office if you have excellent history I am assured it is standard they fill them out for posting.
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