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Note Landlord/tenant procedures may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the Eviction page on the COVID-19 & Texas Law research guide for current information related to COVID-19 and landlord/tenant issues.
This guide was created in order to provide information about Texas landlord/tenant law and answer the frequently asked questions that we receive at the library. On this page, you will find a general overview of landlord/tenant law, tenants' rights, and a list of organizations that may be able to provide more assistance and information.
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Note The 88th Regular Legislative Session ended on May 29th, 2023, and a special session has been called. This means there may be new laws that affect this subject.
Read the library's Spotlight post on the ending of the 88th Regular Session and what comes next. We briefly discuss deadlines, the governor's veto power, and how to find new legislation. To research new legislation on this topic, please see the resources below.
The links below provide general overviews of landlord/tenant law in Texas in easy-to-understand language.
The links below provide overviews of the rights that tenants have when entering into a landlord/tenant relationship.
Tenants' rights in special circumstances:
The State Law Library provides several e-books on the landlord/tenant relationship, many of which include forms and sample letters.