Landlord's Lien: useful Information and form
Texas law gives a landlord a lien on a tenant’s non-exempt property for unpaid rent that is due. If a tenant is behind on rent and a written lease gives the landlord permission to exercise this lien on the tenant’s property, the landlord may enter the rental unit and take non-exempt property to secure payment of the delinquent rent.
The clause giving the landlord permission must be underlined or printed in conspicuous bold print to be enforceable.
When a landlord seizes property, the landlord must leave a written notice of entry and an itemized list of all the items removed.
Austin Tenants Council has written a helpful article about landlord liens in Texas. The article includes:
- Items a landlord cannot seize
- Abandoned leases and property
- How a tenant can get property back
- What a tenant can do if the landlord illegally takes their property
CLICK HERE for the full article on landlord liens.