Texas rental/lease agreements

 In Texas, you can make use of the free Texas rental and lease agreement template to create a leasing agreement between a property owner and a party that is willing to pay rent for a space. The lessor usually uses a rental application to ascertain the employment status and background information of the potential occupant. Once approval is signed by both parties, it becomes legally binding and the property may be used for residential or business purposes as applicable. 

Texas rental/lease agreement templates

Texas rental/lease agreements

There are six types of Texas lease agreements:

Commercial Rental Lease Agreement – This is a lease agreement that’s used by landlords to rent out their commercial property to tenants. It’s much more variable than a residential lease agreement and also places more requirements on the tenant.

Monthly Rental lease Agreement (§ 91.001) – A lease with a provision that allows the agreement to be canceled at any time by either party with a minimum of one month's notice. 

Rent-to-Own Rental Agreement – This agreement follows the format of a typical residential agreement. The difference is that it provides tenants with an option to buy the property when certain conditions are met. The price of the property can be negotiated beforehand or it can be determined at the time of the sale. 

Roommate Lease Agreement – People living together in a single housing unit, this agreement is used to determine how they’ll conduct themselves and their obligations. 

Standard Residential Rental Contract– A standard residential contract with a start and end date. It generally lasts for a year or more and offers the most protection to tenants. Because of this, landlords must properly vet tenants before signing this type of agreement

Sublease Agreement – Used by a lessee willing to sublease their space to a new tenant (subtenant) to take up responsibility for the dwelling for the rest of the term. This type of agreement usually is authorized by the lessor. It comes in two forms: a commercial sublease and a residential sublease

Required Disclosures (5)

Agent Disclosure (§ 92.201) –  Any persons that are authorized to access the premises has to be stated. 

Lead-Based Paint Information – For residences built before the year 1978, property owners must inform their lessees of the presence of hazardous substances on the walls of the dwelling as required by law.

Parking Regulations (§ 92.0131) (WORD) – Required is an addendum in capital letters titled ‘PARKING RULES’ stating the towing policies towards the lessee’s prerogative to park their automobiles on the property and signed by the lessee.

Special Conditions to Terminate Contract (§ 92.016) – All rental contracts are required to have this clause stating:

“Lessees may have special statutory rights to cancel the rental early in certain situations involving family violence or a military deployment or transfer”.

A prior notice of thirty days is required for cancellation of the rental by the lessee in events such as the above.

Tenant’s Remedies (§ 92.056) – The lessor is required to write the lessee’s remedies if repair work is not finished within a frame of time usually seven days and is required to be recorded in bold letters or an underlined font.

Access to property

There are no statutes requiring the lessor to provide notice to the tenant before accessing the premises for repair work or maintenance reasons. However, prior notice is recommended. 

Money deposited as security

Maximum – No limit.

Returning (§ 92.103) – The lessor is required to send back all security deposits within thirty days of the Lessee vacating the dwelling.

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