Landlord/Tenant 101: Fair Housing Act | Tessmer Law Firm
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Tessmer Tips – Landlord/Tenant 101

The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate against families with children. The landlord must rent to anyone, regardless of whether they are married, single, or have children. The only restrictions that may be placed are those that apply to everyone. For example, the number of occupants per unit may be limited. The major exception to this law is complexes intended for seniors. If a complex has 80% or more units occupied by at least one person over age 55, it is not required to accept children.


Unfortunately, disputes between landlords and their tenants are fairly common.  If you find yourself in dispute, with any luck you can solve your disagreement peacefully.  If you cannot, you may want to ask the advice of an attorney.  To learn more about tenants and landlord rights, contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office or call (800)621-0508.