Lockouts (with form)
A lockout is not an eviction. Some think it is a way to evict a tenant, but lockouts are really meant to make a tenant who's late with the rent talk to the landlord about the problems and payment. Texas Property Code chapters 92.0081 through 92.009 describe when a landlord may change the locks on a rental unit, and the tenant’s remedies if the law is not followed.
According to the Austin Tenants' Council, the lockout law says:
- The lease must include written notice of the landlord’s right to exercise a lockout.
- The tenant must be behind on rent.
- The landlord must give advance, written notice to the tenant.
- The tenant does not have to pay any money to regain entry into the rental unit.
- The landlord must give the tenant a key upon request.