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Tenants' Rights Handbook

Eviction & Other Landlord Issues

General explanation of residential tenant rights in Texas.

The handbook at the link below is for residential tenants and is published as a public service by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. It is their goal that the distribution and use of the handbook will explain many of the questions and legal issues that arise in a landlord-tenant relationship. The table of contents for the handbook is below as well. 

Special thanks to the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

Table of Contents

Overview - Page 1

Selecting Your New Home - Page 2

Application Fees - Page 2

The Lease and Important Provisions

Rent and Late Fees - Page 3

House Rules - Page 5

Landlord's Right To Enter - Page 5

Repair Language - Page 6

Occupants and Visitors - Page 6

Parking and Towing Rules and Policies - Page 6

Lease Time Period and Month-to-Month Leases - Page 7

Changing Terms in the Middle or End of a Lease - page 7

Moving Into Your New Home - Page 8

Information on Renters' Insurance from the Texas Department of Insurance - page 8

Tenant Rights and Remedies

Repairs and Improvements - Page 11

Locks and Security Devices - Page 17

Smoke Detectors - Page 18

Security Deposits - Page 20

Finding Out Who Owns and Manages the Premises - Page 23

Discrimination - Page 23

Landlord's Duty to Accommodate Tenants with Disabilities - Page 24

Serving Court Papers on Your Landlord - Page 25

Tenant Duties and Consequences

Lockouts - Page 25

Utility Disconnection - Page 26

Landlord's Right to Remove Property - Page 27

Subleasing - Page 29

Cotenancy - Page 29

Eviction - Pages 29

Termination and Moving

By Agreement - Page 33

The Lease Ends - Page 34

Termination for Landlord Failures or Military Transfers - Page 35

Termination for Tenant Breach - Page 35

Change in Landlord Usually Does Not Terminate the Lease - Page 35

Disagreements About Termination - 35

Consequences for Terminating Without Excuse - Page 36

Moving  - Page 36

Mobile Homes - Page 37

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Visit the Tenants' Rights Handbook to learn more about your rights as a tenant. 

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