Texas Lease Agreement with ezSign
The Texas Lease Agreement is a legally binding document that outlines the terms under which a Tenant (or lessee) rents property from a Landlord (or lessor). It’s EZ to customize and guaranteed to comply with all Texas state laws. Create, sign, and store your Texas Lease Agreement entirely online.
Document Last Modified: 5/12/2022
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Table of Contents
- TX Residential Lease Agreement
- Texas Landlord-Tenant Laws
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Other Texas Rental Forms and Templates
- Lease Agreements for Neighboring States
- Create Document
TX Residential Lease Agreement
Our Texas Residential Lease Agreement is guaranteed to comply with all Texas state and rental laws.
- We offer state assist tips as you build your Texas Rental Agreement
- We automatically include any state-required language, clauses, or terms
- We automatically include any state-required disclosures, addendum, or documents
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Texas Landlord-Tenant Laws
As a Texas Landlord, it’s important that you comply with all state laws when creating a lease and managing a rental property.
The good news is that when you create a Texas Lease Agreement with our Lease Builder Wizard, we guarantee that it will comply with all state laws.
That said, we know that Landlords need to be familiar with applicable laws. So here’s an overview of some key ones:
Ending and Renewing
Monthly: May be terminated by the tenant or the landlord, giving notice of termination to the other party of at least 30 days. Less than one month: May be terminated by the tenant or the landlord, giving notice of termination to the other of at least the number of days in the rent paying period, not including the day the notice is given.
Fixed term: Will end on the date specified within the lease and tenant will vacate, unless other arrangements specified within the lease.
||There is no limit on the security deposit charged to the tenant, so long as it is reasonable.|
Returned Payment Fee
||Must be included in the lease agreement.|
||Landlords may require tenants to obtain rental insurance. This does not absolve landlords of liability in all instances such as negligence on the landlord's part.|
Addenda & Disclosures
||Lead-Based Paint EPA Disclosure and the Lead-Based Paint EPA Pamphlet.|
Notice to Enter
||No Requirement, however it is highly recommended to give tenants reasonable notice.|
||Landlords MUST provide one copy of the lease to Tenant within three business days of the date the lease is signed by each party to the lease.|
One of the hardest parts of drafting a state-specific Lease is ensuring that it includes all required disclosures, language, and addenda.
Our Lease Builder Wizard automatically includes state-required language, terms, and disclosures.
While we make it EZ to create a Texas Rental Contract, we know that pro Landlords like to be familiar with state requirements. With that in mind, here’s an overview of disclosures Texas Landlords must provide:
- Lead-Based Paint Disclosure: pursuant to federal law, the Landlord is required to include a Lead-Based Paint Disclosure for all rental units built before 1978.
- Parking Rules Addendum: a Texas Rental Agreement must include either a Parking Rules Addendum or specific language in the body of the Lease about parking rules. This must state “PARKING RULES” in capital letters and include both towing and parking policies. If this language is included in an addendum, the addendum must be signed by the Tenant (§ 92.0131 of the Texas Property Code)
- Special Conditions to Cancel Agreement/Family Violence Clause - every Texas Lease must contain language from § 92.016 of the Texas Property Code letting Tenants know of their right to end the Lease early due to special conditions. The Lease must specifically include the language:
“Tenants may have special statutory rights to terminate the Lease early in certain situations involving family violence or a military deployment or transfer.”
Note: Tenant must give thirty (30) days written notice to terminate the Lease early due to special conditions.
- Notice and Time for Repairs/Tenant Remedies - a Landlord must include language about Tenants’ remedies if repairs are not completed in a reasonable time frame, which is generally seven (7) days. (Texas Property Code § 92.056)
- Agent/Owner Identification – the Lease contract must state the individual or entity on the deed or record of the property, including their name and address. Other individuals, besides the owner, that are on-site must also be listed in the Lease. (Texas Property Code § 92.201).
Pro Tip: With our Texas Lease Agreement form, all required disclosures are automatically included in your Lease Package.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I sign my Texas Rental Agreement electronically?
Yes, you may sign Texas Rental Contracts electronically. The Lease is considered fully executed when there’s a signature - whether that be an electronic signature or hard-copy signature - by both the Tenant and the Landlord. Our Leases make signing easy, with unlimited access to our esign tool, ezSign.
Do Lease Agreements Need to Be Notarized in Texas?
No, Texas Lease Agreements do not need to be notarized. They just need to be signed by the Tenant and Landlord.
How Do I Fill Out a Texas Residential Lease?
Our Lease Builder Wizard provides step-by-step instructions that make it easy for Landlords to create and customize a comprehensive Texas Rental Contract entirely online.
The key for filling out a Texas Residential Lease Agreement is starting with a great, state-specific Lease and then customizing it to meet the needs of your rental. While there are a number of basic Lease Agreements, simple Leases, or fill-in-the-blank Leases available online - for example, the Texas Association of Realtors Lease Agreement and other similar generic and fillable Leases - it’s worth taking the time to complete a more thorough Lease. After all, you have a lot invested in your rentals, so you don’t want to rely on anything but a great Lease with all of the protection you need.
What’s the Difference between a Texas Commercial Lease Agreement and a Texas Residential Lease Agreement?
Both Commercial Lease Agreements and Residential Lease Agreements provide the terms under which a Tenant rents property from a Landlord. The difference is the type of property - Commercial Leases are for properties that are used for a business, while residential Lease Agreements are for properties that are lived in by Tenants.
There are a number of different types of Residential Lease Agreements - for example, month-to-month, vacation or short-term Leases, and sublease agreements.
How Much Are Pet Fees in Texas?
Texas has no set pet fee laws. Landlords can set their own policies regarding pets, pet fees, and pet deposits.
Pro Tip: it’s always a good idea to include a Pet Addendum as part of the Lease Package.
Other Texas Rental Forms and Templates
- Rental Application: it’s vital to screen Tenants before signing a Lease. Good screening includes a Rental App, credit report, criminal background report, and eviction history. We offer a free Rental Application and the best Tenant Screening Package available!
- Texas Tenant Screening Criteria Disclosure: this disclosure provides Applicants with the Landlord’s Tenant Selection Criteria, pursuant to Texas Property Code 92.3515. This makes it EZier for Landlords to comply with all Tenant Screening requirements and to ensure fair and legal screening procedures.
- Tenant Welcome Letter: this customizable form is a great way to make sure new occupants have all the info they need about their new rental unit. Plus, it’s a great way to welcome them to their new home and to establish good Landlord-Tenant communication.
- Move-In/Move-Out Walkthrough Checklist: it’s important to document the condition of your property at move-in and move-out. This Walkthrough Checklist can be customized for each of your properties and is the best way to keep track of property conditions.
Pro Tip: should you need to withhold some of the security deposit to cover damage, it’s key to have good documentation of property condition. This checklist is a great way to make sure you have all the documentation you need!
- Rent Ledger: keeping track of rent is important, but it can get complicated, especially if you have multiple rental units. Our free rent ledger is just one more way to make your Landlord experience as EZ as possible!
- Texas Notice to Vacate for Unpaid Rent: this form should be used if Tenants are behind on Lease Payments beyond any applicable grace periods. Pro Tip: This form must be used before a Landlord can file a forcible entry and detainer suit.
- Texas 3-Day Notice to Vacate: this is the form Landlords should use for Lease violations not related to unpaid rent.
Pro Tip: This form must be used before a Landlord can initiate eviction proceedings.
Lease Agreements for Neighboring States
- Arkansas Rental Agreement: create and customize your Arkansas-specific Lease Agreement entirely online!
- Arizona Lease Agreement: Arizona Landlords, take advantage of our state-assist tips to make building a great Lease Agreement as EZ as possible.
- New Mexico Residential Lease Agreement: Our Lease Agreement New Mexico complies with all state laws and gives NM landlords unlimited access to our ezSign tool.
- Lease Agreement Oklahoma: Create a Lease that complies with all OK Landlord-Tenant laws!
- Louisiana Residential Lease Contract: Louisiana has some unique Landlord-Tenant laws. Our LA Lease is guaranteed to comply with them all!
Don’t see the Lease you’re looking for? No worries - just check out our Library of Forms, which includes over 200 free Landlord forms and Leases for all 50 states!
Use our Lease Builder Wizard to easily create a Texas Lease Agreement and Lease Package. Once it’s created, you and your Tenant can sign it electronically with our ezSign tool.
Then, it’s automatically stored on the web, with ezCloudStorage. It’s also printable and EZ to download as a PDF, so you can have a hard copy too if you prefer.
Bottom line: we make it EZ for every Landlord to create, sign, and store a great Texas Lease!
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