Ask 2: Who is responsible for wrapping pipes at a rental property?
As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: Who is responsible for wrapping pipes at a rental property? Landlords, especially in apartment complexes and condominiums, are responsible for making winter weather preparations before a freeze event occurs, such as pipe wrapping and winterizing. If pipes freeze and they burst, it is the landlord’s responsibility to fix the pipes and pay for all damages. According to the Houston Apartment Association, renter’s insurance usually covers water damage from burst pipes and their property inside the rental home.
At least 7 Houston apartments still without water following last’s month winter storms
HOUSTON – Houston Public Works has identified seven apartments that are still without water Friday following the last month’s winter freeze. Public works crews are monitoring the apartment buildings daily to make sure plumbers are on-site and working to restore water service, Director of Communications Alanna Reed said in an email. “The water has not been on since the first night of the freeze,” said resident Crystal Williams. The city said if anyone is still without water, they should call 311 to report the situation. It’s possible additional communities are having water issues but they may not have been reported yet, Reed said.
Storm effect: Some Houston neighborhoods, apartment complexes have mountains of garbage
HOUSTON – The city of Houston is working overtime to catch-up on the heaps of garbage, recycling and heavy trash sitting on curbs, as the winter storm that swept through this week halted service. “I have been talking directly to solid waste. Click here for the latest updates and pick-up schedule from Houston’s Solid Waste DepartmentResidents in the Ridgemont neighborhood, which is outside of Beltway 8 near Fuqua Street, reported problems with garbage collection on Friday. The neighborhood is filled with overflowing garbage and recycling bins, and plenty of heavy trash debris from damaged homes lining the curbs. There were also many apartment complexes in this high-density area of southwest Houston with overflowing dumpsters and trash strewn across parking lots.
This Houston suburb is one of the most pet-friendly places in the nation
HOUSTON – Sugar Land is considered one of the most pet-friendly places in the country, according to a report by Rent.com. 13, which ranked cities based on the availability of pet-friendly properties, vet cost and pet businesses per capita. The report found that all apartments in Sugar Land were pet friendly and calculated vet cost at $51.55. According to rent.com, the best cities for pets provide pet-friendly apartments with plenty of amenities, such as off-leash parks, hiking spots, veterinary hospitals and doggie daycares. Check out the full list of pet-friendly cities in the U.S.
Apartments for rent in Houston: What will $1,000 get you?
3000 Murworth Drive (Braeswood Place)Photo: Apartment GuidePhoto: Apartment GuideListed at $903/month, this 810-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is located at 3000 Murworth Drive. 1504 California St. (Montrose)Photo: Apartment GuidePhoto: Apartment GuideNext, there's this one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment located at 1504 California St. 1001 E. 40th St.Photo: ZumperPhoto: ZumperThen, here's a one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo at 1001 E. 40th St. that's also going for $905/month. The unit offers hardwood flooring and in-unit laundry. 14500 Cutten RoadPhoto: Apartment GuideFinally, here's an 840-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment at 14500 Cutten Road that's going for $930/month.
Renters at risk as ban on evictions expires April 30
Houston – Texas’ order prohibiting landlords from evicting tenants who can’t pay their rent expires on April 30. They can’t be processed right now, but as soon as the order expires, that would be 845 people and families with no place to live. The bulk of these evictions have been filed in Harris County Precinct 4, which covers most of north Harris County from Spring on the northwest side to Humble on the northeast, and Precinct 5, which covers almost all of west Harris County. Until people get assistance or can go back to work, they have no way to pay their rent. Talk with your landlord about any changes you have had in pay that impact your ability to pay your rent.