Landlord/Tenant 101: Tenant Rights | Tessmer Law Firm
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Tessmer Tips – Landlord/Tenant 101

As a tenant in Texas, you have the right to demand repair of any condition that affects your health and safety.  Under Texas law, your landlord guarantees that the unit he rents to you will be a fit place to live.  In certain conditions, you and your landlord may have a written agreement that you will make needed repairs. The landlord does not have a duty to pay for or make repairs if you or your guests cause an unsafe or unhealthy condition through negligence, carelessness, abuse or accident—unless the condition resulted from “normal wear and tear.”


Under Texas law, your landlord must provide smoke detectors.  You may not waive this provision of the lease agreement, and you are not allowed to disable or disconnect the smoke detectors.