Texas Property Code Chapter 92 (PDF here) is a section of the Texas Property Code that specifically addresses residential tenancies. This chapter outlines the rights and obligations of both landlords and tenants in residential rental arrangements. Key aspects of this chapter include:
1. Security Deposits: Rules regarding the collection, holding, and return of security deposits by landlords.
2. Repair and Maintenance: Obligations for landlords to repair and maintain rental properties, and the rights of tenants when these obligations are not met.
3. Lease Agreements: Provisions about lease agreements including what must be included in a lease, lease renewal and termination procedures, and rules regarding subleasing.
4. Tenant Rights and Obligations: Detailed information about tenant rights, such as the right to quiet enjoyment of the property, and their obligations, like adhering to housing and building codes.
5. Landlord Disclosures**: Requirements for landlords to disclose certain information to tenants, such as property condition, lead-based paint, or previous flooding.
6. Eviction Process: Procedures and legal processes that a landlord must follow to evict a tenant.
7. Retaliation: Prohibition against landlords retaliating against tenants for lawful actions, such as complaining about safety issues.
8. Smoke Detectors and Security Devices: Requirements for landlords to provide smoke detectors and certain security devices.
This chapter is an essential reference for anyone involved in residential leasing in Texas, including landlords, tenants, and real estate professionals. It provides a comprehensive legal framework to ensure that residential rentals are conducted fairly and responsibly. As a Realtor in Texas, familiarity with these regulations is crucial for guiding clients effectively in their rental or leasing transactions.