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Consumer Law Handbook Overview (Houston Bar Association)

The Houston Bar Association's Consumer Law Handbook contains information on credit, resolving disputes, buying a car, the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, landlord and tenant issues, and more. This handbook was written by the Houston Bar Association

Consumer Law Handbook Overview

The Houston Bar Association's Consumer Law Handbook contains information on resources specific to Harris County, plus information about Texas consumer law.

The handbook is in a question-and-answer format, divided into consumer law topics. All consumer law issues cannot be addressed in one handbook. But it may give you an overview of your rights and remedies.

This handbook is based on Texas law and is meant to inform you, not advise you. Talk to a lawyer about your situation.


Consumer Law Handbook table of contents

To help you navigate the Consumer Law Handbook,TexasLawHelp.org has included its table of contents.

  • Consumer Issues and the Courts
    • Page 3
  • Buying and Selling
    • Page 15
  • Credit
    • Page 40
  • Debt
    • Page 57
  • Dwellings
    • Page 67
  • Fraud
    • Page 83
  • Insurance
    • Page 90
    • Page 96

Note that effective September 1, 2020, the maximum amount of money that you can get in damages in small claims court has increased to $20,000 from $10,000. Learn more from the Texas Justice Court Training Center’s blog post here: Jurisdictional Limit Increase Now in Effect. Read Texas Rules of Civil Procedure part 5