Let’s say you order a couch that is $700. Like many Texas families, you can’t afford to make that purchase all at once, so you use a rent-to-own service. This makes your payments more manageable.
A few months later, the police come knocking at your door. Why? You missed a payment, and now the rent-to-own service is threatening to file charges.
Maybe you didn’t even know you missed a payment and received no payment letter from the retailer. Doesn’t matter – you broke Texas law, and now you’re going to jail. Right?
While this sounds ridiculous, it has been a reality for many Texans subject to the state’s strict “theft of service” laws.
Fortunately, legislators recently stepped in to ensure [...]