Texas Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The Texas standard residential lease agreement is a form that allows a property manager to enter into a binding relationship with a tenant in regard to residential property. The length of the agreement is typically one (1) year although a longer fixed term can be drafted into the agreement if both parties agree. After a tenant has shown interest in a property, the landlord should check the tenant’s credit, background, employment, and rental references to see if they are qualified for a lease. If approved, the tenant will be presented with the agreement and the terms and conditions will be explained before both parties sign the contract, making it legally binding.

LawsTitle 8, Chapter 92 Residential Tenancies

Handbook – Tenants’ Rights Handbook

Required Disclosures

Agent/Owner Identification (§ 92.201) – Any managers or persons on-site with access to the property must be named.

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – For units built before 1978.

Parking Rules Addendum (§ 92.0131)  – Affixed to the lease must be an addendum or language in capital letters titled ‘PARKING RULES’ stating the towing or policies towards the tenant’s right to place vehicles on the premises.

Special Conditions to Cancel Agreement (§ 92.016) – Every lease must contain this clause that states the following:

“Tenants may have special statutory rights to terminate the lease early in certain situations involving family violence or a military deployment or transfer”.

This statute also requires a 30-day written notice of termination by the tenant in such an event.

Tenant’s Remedies (§ 92.056) – The landlord must write the tenant’s remedies if a repair is not completed within a reasonable time frame.

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