Interesting Real Estate Laws in Texas
In Texas, there are some wild laws that govern how real estate is handled. Here are some of the most obscure that you may not be familiar with.
If you plan to sell your home, anything that would change the contour or leave a gaping hole in the home, will become the property of the new owners once the home is sold. This includes above ground pools, mirrors, curtains, rods, ceiling fans, and even outdoor cooking equipment. If it’s up for dispute, the buyer generally has the advantage, according to Texas law.
You can protect your property from creditors through Texas’ homestead law. You can declare a house, farm, or other property as a homestead, and it cannot be pursued for sale. This is one of the strongest property protections in the nation, allowing up to 10 urban acres or 200 rural acres to be placed under this distinction. Good news is, if the homestead is ever sold and is owned jointly, both owners must consent to the sale.
Trespassers may not be prosecuted… if they improve the property over time. In order to get awarded land through adverse possession, the person must meet these requirements:
I do… for at least ten years. In order to get half of your spouse’s earnings and property in a divorce, you must be married for at least ten years, and they still have to be able to support themselves. But if your spouse owns two houses, you are likely in the clear to get at least one of them in the divorce settlement.
Although Texas law does not require a lawyer to buy or sell property, you may decide that you need our help to navigate these tricky (and sometimes slightly absurd) laws. We are at your service; reach out to our offices today and we will help you understand even the strangest of Texas’ real estate laws.