WFAA was reporting Saturday, September 3, 2011 that Denton police said that three people were injured early Saturday morning when a third-floor railing came loose at an apartment complex that caters to college students.
WFAA reported that the three men were standing outside smoking when “the balcony fell off the building” at the Grove Apartments at 701 Ft. Worth Drive, around 3:15 a.m. The condition of the individuals is unknown. The actual cause of the incident is still under investigation.
Denton is home to The University of North Texas. As a college town, there are numerous apartments that provide off-campus housing for students. Students need to be reminded that they have rights which are no different than any other citizen. Students should realize that they have rights such as:
Health, Safety and Security
Texas law provides that landlords guarantee a habitable unit for tenants to live in. Tenants have the right to live under safe conditions free of health hazards. Tenants have the right to security devices such as keyed exterior locks, door viewers and working smoke detectors. They also have the right to live in the property free of harassment and violence from other tenants. Landlord must install the following security devices: window latches, doorknob lock or keyed deadbolts, sliding door pin locks, sliding door handle latches, or sliding door security bars and keyless bolting device (that only can be locked and unlocked from the inside).
Right to Repairs
Tenants also have the right to request the repair or replacement of items which threaten their right to safe, inhabitable conditions. Tenants have the right to make repairs on their own, for which the landlord is still financially responsible, if the damage resulted from normal wear and tear or was not the fault of the tenant or their guest.
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For information regarding personal injury law contact The Denton County law firm of The Wright Firm, L.L.P. at 972-353-4600 or visit our website at www.thewrightlawyers.com. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. The Wright Firm, L.L.P. has offices in Dallas, Denton, and Lewisville, Texas. Partners of the firm are both graduates of The University of North Texas.