Here you will learn how to find out the name and address of your landlord and property management company. You will also learn what you can do if your landlord refuses to give you this information.
This article was adapted from a fact sheet created by the Austin Tenants' Council. The Austin Tenants' Council serves the Austin, Texas area, but its website has useful information for all Texas residents. Revised on October 3, 2022.
How do I find out who owns the property I rent in Texas?
The law says that as owner, your landlord must provide you with their name and address, plus the name and address of the management company if it is off-site. Your landlord must also correct the name and address of the owner or off-site management company whenever there is a change.
Make a written request to your landlord. Keep a copy for your records.
Note that the landlord only has to provide this information if you are current on rent.
You can also find the owner’s name and address by contacting the tax appraisal office in the county where the property is located. Visit Local Property Appraisal and Tax Information to see if your county's appraisal district is online.
What is the difference between the landlord, the owner, and the property manager?
The landlord is the property owner. Many landlords hire a property manager to take care of day-to-day operations. The landlord is ultimately responsible for issues with the property, even if you only interact with the property manager. Make sure to include the landlord’s name if you file a lawsuit or government complaint.
How long does my landlord have to give me the name and address of the owner and management?
Once your landlord receives your request, they have seven days to provide you with the information.
What if my landlord refuses to provide the information?
If your landlord does not comply with your request, you can give your landlord or manager a second notice. The second notice must be in writing. In this notice, inform your landlord that if the information is not provided in seven more days you will exercise remedies under Subchapter E of Chapter 92 of the Texas Property Code.
Send the second notice by certified mail, return receipt requested or hand-delivered with a witness.
If your landlord does not comply with the request by the eighth day after they received the notice, you can do the following:
file suit to obtain a court order directing your landlord to disclose the information;
file for a judgment of your actual costs, a civil penalty of one month’s rent, $100, and court costs and attorney’s fees; and/or
terminate your lease without involving the court.
Be sure to keep copies of your information requests, as well as any responses.
What if my lease states that the landlord does not have to provide the name and address of the owner and management?
You cannot waive the right to ownership and management information. This means that any provision in your lease that says the landlord does not have to disclose this information is void.