Getting through the Winter Months: Tips for Renters

It’s wonderful to come in from the cold and take a warm shower or bath, but what if your water just won’t warm up? All Texas tenants have a right to hot water that reaches a minimum temperature of 120°F.  If your rental unit does not meet this standard, call our telephone counseling line (512-474-1961), reach out through online counseling, or schedule an appointment to talk about the steps you can take to enforce your right to hot water.

Municipalities that have adopted the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC), such as Austin and San Marcos, require landlords to provide heating facilities capable of maintaining a room temperature of 68°F. Even if you live outside these cities, you may have a right to heating facilities based on your lease agreement or local ordinances. Reach out to us if you’d like to learn more about what your landlord must provide.

During the winter, you’ll want to keep warm air in and cold air out of your rental unit. Check for air leaks and open spaces around exterior doors and windows. If you find any spaces that could allow heat to escape, such as a gap between your door and doorframe, give us a call to talk about how you can request weatherstripping or caulking to seal your residence. 

Cold Weather Shelters 

If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness on cold nights, call the Cold Weather Shelter hotline at 512-305-ICEE (4233) to learn about shelter availability.