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This Texas Residential Lease Agreement form is for the lease of a single-family residential property. The tenant agrees to pay rent in advance on the first of the month. If the landlord does not receive the rent by the third of the month, the landlord may charge late fees under Texas Property Code, section 92.019, as well as a returned check fee. The landlord agrees not to raise the rent during the lease term. The tenant also agrees to pay a security deposit and the landlord agrees to return or account for the security deposit in a timely manner under Texas Property Code, section 92.103. The tenant agrees that only immediate family will live at the property and that the property will be used for no other purpose. The tenant agrees to abide by all laws and local ordinances. The tenant agrees that the property is in good condition and agrees to maintain it. The tenant agrees not to use hazardous materials on the property.
Subletting the Property
The tenant agrees not to sublet the property.
Utility Bills and Alteration of the Property
The tenant agrees to arrange and pay for utilities. The tenant agrees not to substantially alter the property.
Pets allowed on the Property
The tenant agrees to have no pets other than those specified in a Pet Addendum. The landlord will impose a daily fee for any unauthorized animal. The landlord may seize any unauthorized animal.
- The landlord agrees to provide information about lead-based paint if the property was constructed before 1978.
- The tenant agrees not to have a waterbed unless specified in a Waterbed Addendum.
- If the property is damaged, the lease may be terminated or the landlord may repair the property.
- The tenant agrees to permit the landlord to access the property to perform inspections, make repairs, or show the property for sale. The landlord may place a For Sale or For Lease sign on the property.
- The tenant and the landlord agree that notices will be delivered to the tenant at the property address and to the landlord and the address provided under Texas Property Code, section 92.003.
- If the landlord requires the services of an attorney to enforce the lease, the tenant is liable for attorney’s fees.
- If the landlord is in breach of contract, the tenant may be entitled to damages under Texas Property Code, section 91.004.
If the tenant fails to pay rent, the landlord may evict the tenant and pursue damages under Texas Property Code, section 24.0051. If the tenant abandons the property, the landlord may reclaim the property and pursue damages.
Termination of this Lease
If the lease terminates without either party giving notice to vacate or renewing the lease, it will convert to a month-to-month agreement. If the lease converts to a month-to-month agreement, either the landlord or the tenant can terminate the agreement with 30 days notice.
How to Fill a Texas Residential Lease Agreement
- Enter the date.
- Enter the landlord’s name.
- Enter the tenant’s name.
- Enter the property address.
- Enter the beginning and end dates of the lease.
- Enter the monthly rent amount.
- Enter the late fee.
- Enter the returned check fee.
- Enter the security deposit.
- Enter the names of the tenant’s family who will be living at the property.
- Enter the monthly rent amount if the lease converts to a month-to-month agreement.
- Enter the unauthorized animal fee.
- Enter the landlord’s address for service.
- The landlord enters the date, prints his or her name, and signs the form.
- The tenant(s) enters the date, prints his or her name, and signs the form.
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Texas Law Codes
- Texas Property Code Sections : 24.0051, 91.004, 92.003, 92.013, 92.019