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Landlord and Tenants Guide

The guide available at the link below is a comprehensive guide put together by the Texas A&M Real Estate Center. It covers a wide variety of information many tenants and landlords will find useful. 

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Table of Contents

Page 1 - Residential Landlord's Duty to Repair 

Page 9 - Retaliation

Page 11- Residential Landlord's Duty to Return Security Deposits

Page 15 - Rental Application

Page 17 - Residential Landlord's Duty to Install, Inspect, and Repair Smoke Alarms and Fire Extinguishers

Page 22 - Residential Landlord's Liability for Utility Cutoffs and Interruptions

Page 27 - Miscellaneous Landlord-Tenant Topics

  • Charging Late Fees
  • Providing Emergency Phone Number
  • Guarantor's Liability When Lease Renewed
  • Advance Notices for Terminating Leases
  • Termination of Leases for Criminal Conviction
  • Tenants' Lien
  • Subletting and Finding Replacement Tenants
  • Tenants' Insurance
  • Tenants' Right to Protest Property Taxes
  • Tenants' Right to Summon Police
  • Tenants' Right to Terminate Lease for Family Violence
  • Tenants' Right to Terminate Lease for Sexual Offenses
  • Lease Term Following Natural Disaster
  • Tenants' Right to Terminate Lease for Military Service
  • Landlord's Duty to Provide Copy of Lease
  • Landlord's Liability for Leasing to Person with Criminal Record
  • Tenants' Remedies When Certificate of Occupancy Revoked
  • Notice of Utility Disconnection to Nonsubmetered Master Metered Multifamily Property

Page 40 - Removal of Property and Lockouts

Page 43 - Residential Landlord's Duty to Install and Maintain Security Devices

Page 50 - Residential Landlord's Duty to Disclose Ownership and Management of Rental Unit

Page 52 - Public Nuisances at Multiunit Residential Property

Page 54 - Common Nuisances Occuring at Multiunit Residential Property

Page 56 - Residential Landlord's Lien

Page 58 - Landlord's Right to Evict Tenants

  • Procedure and Jurisdiction for Evictions
  • Writ of Possession
  • Appealing an Eviction
  • Pauper’s Affidavit
  • Payment of Rent During an Appeal for Eviction
  • Issuing a Writ of Possession
  • Executing the Writ of Possession
  • Removal and Care of Personal Property
  • Warehouseman’s Lien

Page 69 - Covenant for Quiet Enjoyment and Constructive Eviction

Page 71 - Residential Rental Locators

Page 72 - Telecommunications

Page 74 - Swimming Pool Enclosures

Page 76 - Pool Yard Enclosures with Relevant Definitions

Page 83 - Ascertaining the Criminal History of Employees of Residential Dwelling Projects with Relevant Definitions

Page 86 - Towing Vehicles from Parking Lots and Public Roadways

Page 91 - Rules for Towing Vehicles from Multiunit Complexs' Parking Lots with Relevant Definitions

Page 94 - Federal and State Statutes Affecting Residential and Commerical Tenancies

  • Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940
  • Fair Housing Amendments of 1988
  • Pesticide Application
  • Warning of Lead-based Paint or Hazards
  • Statute of Frauds
  • Contract Addendum for Disclosure of Information on Lead-based Paint Hazards

Page 100 - Commercial Tenancies

Page 107 - Submetering Commercial Property

Page 112 - Landlord's Lien on Commercial Buildings

Page 113 - Self-Service Storage Facility Liens

Page 116 - Mediation with Sample Agreement

Page 118 - Glossary