Texas Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The Texas Standard Residential Lease Agreement is a commonly used standard rental agreement to be used between a landlord and tenant for residential property. The agreement will provide terms and conditions as well as rental costs, security deposit and more. The landlord will complete the required information and the tenant(s) must carefully read and agree to the entire document prior to providing signature(s).

Laws – Residential Title 8, Chapter 92

Disclosures

Agent/Owner Identification (§ 92.201) – The owner or the manager of the premises must be mentioned in the lease as a means of contact for the tenant.

Lead-Based Paint – Federal law that requires all housing built prior to 1978 to inform the tenant(s) about the use of toxic lead-based paint that was used in residential structures.

Parking Rules (§ 92.0131)  – All contracts must have an addendum titled ‘PARKING RULES’ which detail the towing policies for the property and where the tenant may place their vehicles.

Special Conditions to Cancel Agreement (§ 92.016) – This statement must be present in all agreements:

Tenants may have special statutory rights to terminate the lease early in certain situations involving family violence or a military deployment or transfer

Tenant’s Remedies (§ 92.056) – Remedies for the tenant must be included in the agreement in the chance of a repair is needed. The State requires that within seven (7) days the repair must be completed.

How To Write

Step 1 – Agreement – Enter the following information:

  • Enter the date of the commencement of the agreement in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Enter the name of the landlord
  • Enter the name(s) of the tenant(s)

Step 2 – Property – Provide:

  • The address of the rental property

Step 3 – Term – Enter:

  • The date of the beginning of the agreement
  • The expiration of the agreement
  • Carefully review the remainder of the section

Step 4 – Rent – Provide the following:

  • Enter the amount of the monthly rent
  • Enter the amount of any late charge in the event the rent payment is not paid on time
  • Tenant(s) must read and agree to the remainder of the section

Step 5 – Security Deposit – Enter:

  • The amount of the security deposit to be paid on or before the execution of the agreement

Step 6 – Titled Sections – Tenant(s) must read and agree to all of the following:

  • Refund of Security Deposit
  • Use of Premises (enter the names of those who will occupy the residence)
  • Condition of Premises
  • Assignment and Subletting
  • Alterations and Improvements
  • Non-Delivery of Possession
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Utilities
  • Maintenance, Repair and Rules
  • Damage to Premises
  • Access by Landlord
  • Subordination of Lease
  • Tenant’s Holdover
  • Surrender of Premises
  • Animals (landlord must enter a per day amount that will be charged for violation of “no animals” policy)
  • Waterbeds
  • Quiet Enjoyment
  • Indemnification
  • Default
  • Abandonment
  • Attorney’s Fees
  • Recording of Texas Lease Agreement
  • Governing Law
  • Severability
  • Binding Effect
  • Descriptive Headings
  • Construction’Non-Waiver
  • Modification
  • Notice
  • Lead Based Paint Disclosure
  • Special Conditions
  • Responsibilities of landlord
  • Parking Rules (landlord must enter the number of vehicles that will be allowed to park on the premises)

Step 7 – Signatures – Parties must enter the following:

  • Date the Signature in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Landlord’s Signature
  • Printed name of landlord
  • Date of signature in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • AND
  • Date signature information in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Tenant(s) Signature(s)
  • Printed name(s) of tenant(s)
  • Date respective signature(s) in mm/dd/yyyy format

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