Hello Texas Investors,
I am in the process of converting my primary residence to a rental and I have been advised by multiple sources about the security devices requirement in Texas' property code: Sec 92.153 in this link
My house has an enclosed patio/sunroom conversion with laminate flooring, a ceiling fan and is on the same HVAC system as the rest of the house. The one thing that it does not have is an exterior door to the outside. Right now, it only has a storm door to the outside and an exterior door separating it from the rest of the house.
So if you were in my shoes, what would you do? I've considered the following options but I would love to hear if there are more options I didn't think of:
- Install a formal exterior door in lieu/addition to the storm door (safest option, costs time and money)
- Leave it as is and rely on the internal-exterior door as a good enough protection (riskiest option, however the neighborhood in general is very safe)
- Leave it as is and don't market the sunroom as livable space. Also warn my tenants in writing not to treat the room as such (middle-of-the-road option)
I always try to think this thru as not what I would do, but what would a judge or jury think if hearing the facts from both parties....how would they decide.
I'm a CYA girl and always on the lookout for Murphy’s Law. I’d pick up an inexpensive pre-hung exterior door from someplace like Second's and Surplus for $300-$400 and install it. You'll sleep better.
@Kyle Mccaw what do you think here?
Thanks for your responses guys! Part of me thinks it is unnecessary due to the safety and culture of the neighborhood but at the same time, I am aware that it is opening me up for the possibility of a lawsuit. It's hard to guess what a judge might say without prior experience but I do typically try to avoid Murphy's law if I can.
As an example, this happens to be a house in the same neighborhood as me with a very similar situation. It looks like they did not install the exterior door.
The landlord property code you are referencing seems to be more targeted to the ability to lock the door from the inside without the ability to unlock from outside. A tenant needs to be safe from a rouge maintenance worker with a key coming in while the tenant is in the shower or asleep. Prior to this law there was a horrible lawsuit about an apartment maintenance worker raping tenants. The exterior style door is important to have. I believe building codes will guide you in that regard. My personal belief the exterior door being placed at the sunroom entrance is pointless sense the bad guys could just break the glass from the sun room to gain entry. But...I am not an attorney. There a locksmiths that will inspect your property and complete the required rekey for you. Look at Mr. Rekey for more information. https://rekeyspecial.com/homeo...