09 Aug Tessmer Tips – Landlord/Tenant 101
This week, Tessmer Tips will address laws and regulations affecting the landlord/tenant relationship. The relationship between Texas landlords and their tenants is governed by several statutes and court rulings, and most particularly by Chapter 92 of the Texas Property Code. But the most important source of information is your rental agreement, whether it is written or oral. A written lease agreement is always preferred. Read your lease carefully and discuss any changes that should be made before you sign.
As a tenant in Texas, you have a right to peace and quiet, or “quiet enjoyment” as it is called in the law. This means your landlord cannot evict you without cause or disturb your right to live in peace and quiet. Your landlord has a duty to protect your “quiet enjoyment” from the wrongful behavior of other tenants; of course, this means you must not disturb the other tenants, as well.