Moore v. Bel-Lindo Apartments, NO. 14-07-00400-CV14-07-00400-CV (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.]
Feb. 24 2009)(Higley)(landlord-tenant dispute, defective briefing by pro se appellant)
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WALTER MOORE, Appellant

V.

BEL-LINDO APARTMENTS, Appellee

On Appeal from County Civil Court at Law No. 3

Harris County, Texas

Trial Court Cause No. 884283

M E M O R A N D U M   O P I N I O N

Appellant, Walter Moore, a pro se litigant, appeals from a judgment favoring Bel-Lindo
Apartments in a landlord-tenant dispute.  The trial court awarded Bel-Lindo $1,670 for unpaid rent
and ordered appellant to relinquish possession of the apartment at issue to Bel-Lindo.  On
appeal, appellant complains of various actions of Bel-Lindo, including locking him out of the
apartment, failing to make necessary repairs, and invading his privacy.  We affirm.

Background

Bel-Lindo sued appellant, seeking unpaid rents and possession of the apartment appellant
occupied.  In response, appellant denied all of Bel-Lindo's allegations and made numerous
allegations against Bel-Lindo.  During a bench trial, Bel-Lindo's representative testified regarding
the landlord-tenant relationship between appellant and Bel Lindo as well as appellant's alleged
breach of the lease agreement, including failure to pay rent over a period of time.  

Moore testified that Bel-Lindo representatives had entered the apartment without permission,
locked him out of the apartment, and failed to make necessary repairs.  At the conclusion of the
trial, the trial court entered judgment for Bel-Lindo, awarding Bel-Lindo $1,670 for unpaid rent,
$750 in attorney's fees, and possession of the apartment.  In the judgment, the trial court also
denied all relief not expressly granted therein.

Discussion

While we have compassion for the plight of the pro se litigant attempting to follow the rules of legal
procedure and substantive laws, and therefore construe pro se pleadings and briefs liberally, we
must still hold appellant to the same standard as a licensed attorney, requiring that he follow those
same rules and laws.  Mansfield State Bank v. Cohn, 573 S.W.2d 181, 184-85 (Tex. 1978);
Cooper v. Circle Ten Council Boy Scouts of Am., 254 S.W.3d 689, 693 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2008,
no pet.).  To do otherwise would give a pro se litigant an unfair advantage over a litigant
represented by counsel.  Mansfield State Bank, 573 S.W.2d at 185; Cooper, 254 S.W.3d at 693.

Appellant's brief reads like a trial court pleading, making numerous allegations against Bel-Lindo.  
Appellant's brief, however, does not allege that the trial court erred in any specific way.  In short,
appellant requests reversal of the trial court's order, but provides no legal basis for such reversal,
only a litany of Bel-Lindo's transgressions.  An appellate brief must contain appropriate argument
for the relief sought.  See Tex. R. App. P. 38.1(h); Sterling v. Alexander, 99 S.W.3d 793, 799 (Tex.
App.- Houston [14th Dist.] 2003, pet. denied).  Because appellant's brief does not raise any
question of error on the part of the trial court, we must summarily overrule any issues appellant has
attempted to raise.

We affirm the trial court's judgment.

/s/      Adele Hedges

Chief Justice

Panel consists of Chief Justice Hedges and Justices Anderson and Seymore.
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WALTER MOORE, Appellant

V.

BEL-LINDO APARTMENTS, Appellee

On Appeal from County Civil Court at Law No. 3

Harris County, Texas

Trial Court Cause No. 884283