Texas Tenant Rights Laws
Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors | Last reviewed September 08, 2017
Although the Texas state motto is “friendship,” when it comes to the landlord-tenant relationship it's wise to hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. As in any state, rental issues can come up anytime and without warning. Whether your landlord is always helpful and honest or has the morals of a slumlord, a good way to be prepared is to know your rights and obligations as a tenant. Read on to learn more about Texas tenant rights laws.
Texas Tenant Laws: Security Deposits, Repairs, and More
To help guide the landlord-tenant relationship beyond the terms included in your lease, Texas tenant rights laws cover a myriad of issues, including racial discrimination, repairs, and security deposits. For example, once you move out, your landlord must return your security deposit within 30 days and may not retain any part of it for normal wear and tear.
Your landlord also has an obligation to provide a habitable unit which includes making necessary repairs and providing hot water. If your home becomes uninhabitable, you may be able to terminate your lease early or make the repairs and deduct the cost from your rent. This can include conditions caused by an insured casualty such as a hurricane or fire.
Texas Tenant Rights Laws at a Glance
A summary of Texas state laws governing the landlord-tenant relationship, including links to important code sections, is provided below.
Ending or Renewing a Tenancy
Note: State regulations are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Texas Tenant Rights Laws: Related Resources
- Texas Lease and Rental Agreement Laws
- Texas Tenants' Rights Handbook
- Texas Consumer Protection: Tenant Rights
- Tenant Lease Agreement FAQs
- U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in Texas
- Texas Fair Housing for Renters
Know Your Tenant Rights
As a renter, you hope your living situation is a source of peace, not one of stress and conflict. If you do run into issues, it can be difficult to understand all the terms of your lease and the laws of your city and state. Whether your landlord is refusing to make certain repairs, you want to end your lease early, or you’re facing an eviction notice, receive a free case review to learn about your Texas tenant rights laws and how best to move forward.
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