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Texas Lease Agreement

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Contact Information: In the lease, other writing, or posted on the property, landlord must disclose the name and address of the property’s owner and, if an entity located off-site from the dwelling is primarily responsible for managing the dwelling, the name and street address of the management company. (Tex. Prop. Code Ann. §92.201)

Security Equipment Requests: If landlord wants tenant requests concerning security devices to be in writing, this requirement must be in the lease in boldface type or underlined. (Tex. Prop. Code Ann. 92.159)

Security Deposit Refund Condition: A requirement that a tenant give advance notice of moving out as a condition for refunding the security deposit is effective only if the requirement is in the lease, underlined or printed in conspicuous bold print. (Tex. Prop. Code Ann. §92.103)

Domestic Violence: Victims of sexual abuse or assault on the premises may break a lease, after complying with specified procedures, without responsibility for future rent. Tenants can only be held responsible for unpaid rent if the lease includes a statement like: “Tenants may have special statutory rights to terminate the lease early in certain situations involving family violence or a military deployment or transfer. (Tex. Prop. Code Ann. §92.016)

Tenant’s Remedy for Landlord Neglect: A lease must contain language in underlined or bold print that informs the tenant of the remedies available when the landlord fails to repair a problem that materially affects the physical health or safety of an ordinary tenant. These rights include the right to repair and deduct; terminate the lease; and obtain a judicial order that the landlord make the repair, reduce the rent, pay the tenant damages (including a civil penalty), and pay the tenant’s court and attorney fees. (Tex. Prop. Code Ann. §92.056)

Parking Policy: If the landlord has a parking policy, especially involving towing violations, that apply to the tenant in a multi-family property, the landlord must give the tenant a copy of the policy before the lease agreement is signed. The copy must be signed by the tenant, included in the lease or as an attachment. If included, the clause must be titled “Parking” or “Parking Rules” and either accented with all caps, an underline or bold print. (Tex. Prop. Code Ann. §92.0131.)

Electrical Service Interruption: Any landlord who submeters electricity, or who allocates master metered electricity according to a prorated system, may interrupt tenant’s electricity service if tenant fails to pay the bill, but only after following specific notice requirements and procures outline in Texas Prop. Code Ann. §92.008(h).