Landlord/Tenant 101: Security Deposit | Tessmer Law Firm
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Tessmer Tips – Landlord/Tenant 101

Although there are some specific exceptions, under Texas law, a dwelling must be equipped with security devices such as window latches, keyed dead bolts on exterior doors, sliding door pin locks and sliding door handle latches or sliding door security bars, and door viewers.  These devices must be installed at the landlord’s expense. If such devices are missing or are defective, you have the right to request their installation or repair.


According to Chapter 92, Subsection C, of the Texas Property Code, a Texas landlord can ask a potential tenant for a security deposit as a condition to move in. The purpose of a security deposit is to provide a landlord with funds that can be used for repairs and to renovate the dwelling in case a tenant damages it beyond normal wear and tear. A security deposit is also used in some cases as a safeguard when a tenant violates the lease agreement, such as not paying rent. Landlords can require additional deposits for potential tenants who are deemed high-risk. Security deposits can be required for tenants who will house dogs, cats and other pets.