Texas Residential Lease Agreement

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The Texas Standard One (1) Year Lease Agreement is the most basic form of a long term lease. Unlike a Month to Month Lease, this lease runs for a predetermined amount of time, at the end of which the landlord and tenant will have the option of renegotiating and renewing, or allowing it to terminate. This kind of lease provides the landlord the security of knowing they will have a tenant, and the tenant the security that the landlord cannot alter or terminate the lease without cause.

As the lease cannot be altered without a provision of the lease allowing for it, or ended without cause, both landlord and tenant should be exceptionally sure before signing this kind of lease. As a Residential Lease, this kind of lease is usually required to have easy to understand language and clauses, to prevent the tenant from breaking it through misunderstanding it. Most landlords will want the tenant to complete the Rental Application Form, to minimize their risk of having to go through the lengthy and often expensive process of eviction.

All Texas State laws pertaining to Residential Leases can be found in Texas Statutes Chapters 91 and 92.


  • The landlord is required to disclose the name and address of the property owner, property manager and any person authorized to act on their behalf.
  • As Texas tenants are allowed to break a lease early without being held responsible for future rent in cases of domestic violence, if a landlord wishes to hold a tenant who has exited the lease in this manner responsible for unpaid back rent, the lease must include the following phrase: “Tenant may have special statutory rights to terminate the lease early in certain situations involving sexual assault or sexual abuse.”
  • A Texas lease must have, in bolded or underlined print, language that informs the tenant of their rights in cases where the landlord has failed to perform vital repairs.
  • If the landlord wishes any requests concerning the security deposit to be in writing, they must say so in the lease.
  • Federal law requires a landlord to disclose the presence of lead paint based hazards on or around the property.