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Landlord/Tenant Law

This legal research guide provides information about landlord and tenant law that is helpful to both the practitioner and the public looking for legal information.

General Information

About This Guide

This guide was created in order to provide information about Texas landlord/tenant law. Links to the Property Code and information about the law explained in "plain English" are provided. The Practice Aids page provides a list of library resources that may be useful to practitioners looking for additional information on landlord/tenant law.

Texas Law

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas Property Code that govern rental properties and issues related to landlord/tenant law. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to look at the “plain English” resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

New 2019 Texas Legislation

Explained in "Plain English"

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in “plain English.”

Tenants' Rights

Eviction Information

If you have already gone through the eviction process in court but were dissatisfied with the outcome, you may be able to appeal. The links below explain how to appeal an eviction suit.

E-Books from the Texas State Law Library

Many of the e-books available through the State Law Library contain forms or drafting guides.

Books at the Texas State Law Library

Below are some print books that may provide further guidance. If you can't visit the Texas State Law Library in Austin, these books might be available at a law library near you or a public library near you.

Chapter 18 of this textbook specifically discusses the landlord and tenant relationship. 

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