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Texas Lease Agreement

If you're renting out your property, you'll want to make sure you have a written Lease Agreement signed before a tenant moves onto the property. By signing a Lease Agreement, both parties acknowledge... Read More

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Making a Texas Lease Agreement

  • What is a Texas Lease Agreement?

    If you're renting out your property, you'll want to make sure you have a written Lease Agreement signed before a tenant moves onto the property. By signing a Lease Agreement, both parties acknowledge and memorialize the terms of the arrangement, providing legal protection to both.

  • How can I make a lease?

    You can use Rocket Lawyer's Free Texas Lease Agreement.

    Use the Texas Lease Agreement document if:

    • You are leasing residential property to a tenant in Texas.
    • You want to rent a room to a tenant.
    • You are going to lease residential property from a landlord who doesn't already have a lease form.
  • Do lease agreements need to be notarized in Texas?

    No, a lease does not need to be notarized, it simply needs to be signed by both the landlord and the tenant. In Texas, the Lease Agreement must include the following: the name, address, and telephone number of the landlord (or an agent of the landlord) who is authorized to receive notices; the name, address, and telephone number of the person or entity who should receive rent payments; and the form in which rent payments must be made. Texas law also requires that the Lease Agreement include references to the Texas Property Code sections which govern residential tenancies.

    All of the terms specifically required by Texas law have been included in the Lease Agreement document offered on this page.

  • What rights do I have as a tenant in Texas?

    As a renter in Texas, you have the right to:

    • Quiet enjoyment – essentially freedom from undue harassment
    • Health & safety – right to have the landlord repair issues that affect your health or safety
    • Security devices – with some exceptions, you are entitled to certain safety mechanisms, such as window latches, door locks, etc.
    • Freedom from retaliation – if you inform your landlord of issues with the property in good faith, it is unlawful for the landlord to retaliate within 6 months from the date of the "complaint."

    You have additional rights as a tenant under Texas law. Some examples include the right to receive your deposit within 30 days of vacating a property. In addition, your landlord is not allowed to charge you for the normal wear & tear of a property.

  • What is a tar lease?

    A TAR lease is a lease written and primarily used by the Texas Association of Realtors.

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