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- TX Residential Lease Agreement: Download a Free Template
- View Sample PDF
- TX Landlord and Tenant Laws
1. Download a Free TX Residential Lease Agreement
All states are required by Federal law to include essential elements in their Rental/Lease Agreements, specifically:
- identifying details of both the tenant and landlord,
- the address of the premises,
- pet allowances and prohibitions,
- any known health hazards or risks,
- rent specifics, such as the amount of rent and security deposit due, and payment methods
States will differ in certain aspects of leasing and rental requirements.
It is important to familiarize yourself with such nuances and specificities in order to best protect your legal and financial rights when executing a Lease/Rental Agreement.
Select the appropriate state where your Lease/Rental Agreement is to be executed to learn about important requirements and differences.
2. Texas Residential Lease Agreement Sample PDF
The sample lease agreement below describes a contract between “Landlord” Frieda Thomas and “Tenant” Eric Heller. He agrees to rent a condominium in Austin for $900.00 per month for a fixed term beginning on June 16, 2017 and ending on November 16, 2017. The tenant agrees to pay for all utilities and services for the Premises.
This is a good example of what provisions a simple lease agreement might contain, and how one should look in its final form.Texas Lease-Rental Agreement
3. Texas Landlord and Tenant Laws
Texas imposes specific and distinct requirements for landlords and tenants when executing a Lease/Rental Agreement. For example, Texas Statute provides for the following:
- There is no limit as to the amount a landlord may request as security deposit from a tenant. (No statute)
- A landlord must return a tenant’s security deposit within thirty days (30) of the end of the lease or within sixty (60) days in cases of commercial leases. (Tex. Prop. Code Ann § § 92.103 (Residential)), (Tex. Prop. Code Ann § § 93.005 (Commercial))
Landlord Right of Entry:
- A landlord need not give a timeframe of notice before entering the tenant’s property, although it is highly recommended. (Tex. Prop. Code Ann § § 92.0081)
Additionally, Texas law requires:
Failure to repair material defects:
- A landlord must provide information in the agreement identifying the remedies available for the tenant, should the landlord fail to repair a material defect in the property. (Tex. Prop. Code Ann § § 92.056)
- The right for domestic violence victims to break a lease, after following specified procedures, without future rent obligations. (Tex. Prop. Code Ann § § 92.016)