Identification – It is necessary to include the name and official address of the individual/entity on the deed of record (owner) of the premises in the contract.
Copy of Lease – Within three business days of signing a lease, the landlord must provide at least one tenant with a complete copy of the agreement. If a tenant has not received a copy and requests it, the landlord must provide a copy within three business days.
Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – A federal law requires landlords to inform tenants of hazardous lead paint in housing units built before 1978.
Parking Rules Addendum –The lease agreement must include a ‘PARKING RULES’ section in capital letters. This section should outline the towing policies and the tenant’s right to park their vehicles on the premises.
Special Conditions to Cancel Agreement – Every lease must contain the following:
- Tenants may terminate the lease early in certain situations such as family violence, military deployment, or transfer, as they may have special statutory rights.
- The tenant must provide a written notice of termination at least 30 days in advance of such an event.
Tenant’s Remedies – The landlord must include a statement in bold or underlined font outlining the tenant’s remedies if a repair is not completed within seven (7) days.
100-Year Flood Plain (conditional) – If a property is located in a 100-year floodplain as designated by FEMA, the landlord must inform the tenant.
Security Deposit State Laws
- Maximum – Landlords can request any amount of deposits from Tenants in Texas.
- Returning – Landlords must return all deposits to Tenants within 30 days of the lease end date.