The Texas Apartment Association provides advocacy, education and communication for the Texas rental housing industry. Most leases used in Bryan/College Station are TAA leases. The state of Texas has an extensive property code that outlines your rights and responsibilities as it relates to renting property in Texas. It is important to remember that it is your responsibility to understand what is expected of you as a tenant and how to protect yourself and your property while residing in a rental dwelling.
Do you have some questions about your lease? Are you trying to better understand what the legal jargon means to you? Student Legal Services can help. We’re happy to meet with you about any off campus concerns or questions, including:
- • Lease explanation
- • Repair issues
- • Getting your deposit back
- • Moving out early
- • Roommate mediation
Just call our office at 979.862.4502 to schedule an appointment. Please bring the Student Legal Services Intake Form and pertinent data, documentation, or information to the appointment in order to maximize your ability to take prompt action.
We recommend purchasing renter's insurance in order to protect yourself from liability.While most properties cover the physical dwelling, they do not cover your individual belongings. Renter's Insurance covers your valuables as well as any damage you may cause to the building all for a minimal monthly or annual fee. Our office does not recommend particular insurance agencies, but we encourage you to search and choose one that provides the coverage to meet your particular needs.
Website for the City of College Station. Includes information about city offices, city codes, recreation, law enforcement and more.
Website for the City of Bryan. Includes information about city ordinances, law enforcement, recreation and more.
The Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG) is a multi-purpose voluntary organization of, by and for local governments in the seven county Brazos Valley Region of Texas. The BVCOG serves over 315,000 citizens and covers an area of 5,109 square miles. This area, known and referred to as the Brazos Valley Region consists of seven counties, which are Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson and Washington.
Learn more about what's happening in downtown Bryan.
Learn more about the Bryan College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau including things to do and places to eat in the Brazos Valley.
Ever get a door hanger on your door stating you've violated a city code? What about a sticker on your trash can telling you to move it away from the curb? Find out some of the most frequent College Station city code violations below, all of which can lead to fines.
Definition of a Family
No more than four unrelated persons may live together in a single family residence.
Tip: Many houses being currently built are 5 or 6 bedrooms, but this doesn't mean it's OK to have 5 or 6 unrelated people living there. Remember: Me + 3, unless your brother and sister are living there too!
Weeds and Grass
Weeds and grass should not exceed 12 inches in height. Grass should be mainained on a regular basis.
Tip: This isn't for beautification-tall grass often invites unwanted pests and critters such as snakes and mice.
Accumulation of Trash
Trash should be securely stored until trash pick up day in the sanitation container that is provided. Trash, bags of trash, litter or other waste should not be allowed to accumulate on or spread from one's property.
Tip: Make sure you bag and tie your trash. If it isn't bagged and tied, the wind can knock over your trash can and all the trash inside may blow away (or be dug into by animals like raccoons).
Parking in the Yard
Cars, pickups, and motorcycles may not be parked in the yard in any residential area, except on an approved surface. Approved surfaces include asphalt, concrete, and gravel.
Tip: Any two or more tires on your yard (which may be grass or dirt) are enough to receive a violation.
Theft of Service
Any person or business cannot use a sanitation container that they do not pay for service on.
Tip: If you consistently have too much trash, purchase another container from the city. It's better than getting fined for sneaking your trash into your neighbor's trash bin.
Containers in the Street
Containers must be removed from the street and stored next to the dwelling with 12 hours after the scheduled collection day.
Tip: If your trash is picked up at 8am Monday morning, make sure your bin is off the curb by 8pm Monday night.
If you missed your collection day, need an extra collection or an extra trash can, call 979-764-3690.
These items are collected separately from the regular collection and cannot be placed curbside more than 48 hours before your scheduled bulky pick-up day.
Tip: If you buy a 50" TV, don't leave the box at the curb for several days before large trash pick up. Not only is it a violation, it also advertises to theives that you have something they may want to steal.
You cannot store anything in your yard or patio unless it is intended for outdoor use (outdoor toys, patio furniture or fixtures) or firewood stored in the side or rear yard.
Tip: If you want to sit on your couch on your porch, just be sure to move it back inside when you're done.
Vehicles with expired license plates or inspection stickers and are inoperable for a period of 30 days meet the definition of a junk vehicle.
Tip: If you need to work on a vehicle in your driveway for an extended period of time, be sure to get a permit from the city.