My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Texas
My question is in regards to how a landlord uses a water payment. I sent my rent payment on 9/30 for my October rent. I have lived here for almost 5 years and never late on my rent or water bill. Rent was $850.00 and water payment for Oct was $33.48. My bank sent a bill payment to them in the amount of $883.48 on 9/30. On 10/4 I came home to a notice to vacate. I went to the office on 10/5 and showed them proof of the payment being sent to them and stated my water bill was included in that amount. The manager then told me I would owe for late charges. I told her I disputed that especially after on time payments for 5 years and never having a problem with my payments. My payment magically showed up on the 5th in the office. I feel she is retaliating against me for a complaint made to corporate office on her a week and half prior to this incident. She refused to take the late charge off. I called corp office twice and left a message to discuss the situation. No call back. I came home today to find a new note stating I owe an additional $26.52 in late charges and my water bill is now late. She took my water payment that was made with my rent check and used it towards her "late" fees of $60.00 that I am disputing with corporate office. Is she allowed to do this? What recourse do I have in this situation?