Authored By: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
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Except in some cases, a landlord can nonrenew a lease for almost any reason and, if the landlord has given proper notice of nonrenewal pursuant to the lease, a court will likely uphold that decision. In fact, the landlord is not usually obligated to give a reason for nonrenewal of a lease. There are some exceptions to this, however. For example, a landlord cannot nonrenew a lease in retaliation for a tenant requesting repairs, and a landlord's cannot nonrenew a lease based on a tenant's race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or disability. Also, tenants in government-owned or government-subsidized housing, including public housing and low-income tax credit properties, have additional protection concerning a lease renewal. Many government programs require the landlord to have a good cause (for example, a serious violation of the lease) if the landlord wishes to nonrenew or terminate the lease.