Texas landlords can rent a house, apartment, condominium or mobile home lot to a tenant with these easy-to-use Residential Lease Forms. You can find more forms in our Texas Landlord and Tenant Notice Forms section.

Q. How much can I charge my tenant as a damage deposit?
A. Texas law does not set a limit on the amount a landlord can charge as a security deposit for a residential rental unit, but it should be within reason. A good guideline is to make your security deposit equal to 1 or 1 1/2 month's rent. You can also charge a pet deposit if the tenant has a pet, which would be used to pay for any damages caused by the pet.

Q. Can I charge late fees if the tenant does not pay the rent on time?
A. You can charge a late fee if the amount of the fee is stated in a written lease agreement. Late fees are not payable until the 1-day grace period for late rent has expired.

Q. When do I have to return the tenant's security deposit?
A. Provided that the tenant has given you a forwarding address, you must return the deposit within 30 days after he or she moves out. You must also provide an itemized statement of any deductions that you make from the security deposit. If you fail to do so, the tenant may have the right to sue you for three times the amount of the deposit.
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Texas Agreement for Early Termination of Lease

Terminate a tenant's lease before the end of the lease term with this downloadable Texas Agreement for Early Termination of Lease form.

  • This form is not for evictions. It can only be used when both the landlord and tenant agree to terminate the lease early.
  • This Agreement is for residential tenants only. A different form is required for commercial rental properties.
  • The tenant must still give the land.....

Texas Agreement for Tenant Alterations to Rental Unit

Get your landlord's consent to do alterations to your rental unit with this Texas Agreement for Tenant Alterations.

  • The tenant must use only the materials and procedures set out in the agreement.
  • The tenant confirms that s/he is not acting as an employee of the landlord.
  • The tenant waives all claims against the landlord for injury, loss or damage suffered as a result of the work.
  • The agreement contains alternate provisions as to ownership of the al.....

Texas Lease Co-Signer Agreement

If you're leasing a rental unit to a tenant who is a minor (such as a student), have a parent or guardian of the tenant sign this Texas Lease Co-Signer Agreement.

The co-signer agrees to:
  • allow the landlord to check his or her credit,
  • guarantee the tenant's compliance with the rental agreement,
  • pay the rent if the tenant fails to do so.
This Texas Lease Co-Signer Agreement is provided in MS Word format. It should be attached a.....

Texas Permission to Sublet or Assign Lease

Get your landlord's consent to assign your lease or sublet the premises with this Texas Permission Agreement to Sublet or Assign Lease.

  • The new tenant must meet the landlord's requirements, and the landlord must give its written approval of the new tenant.
  • The template can be used for either an assignment of the lease or a sublease of the premises for the balance of the lease term.
  • The landlord has the option to hold the existing tenant responsible for .....

Texas Rental Agreement for Residential Premises

TX landlords, rent a house or apartment to a tenant on a monthly or weekly tenancy with this Texas Rental Agreement for Residential Premises.

  • Periodic Tenancy. The Agreement establishes what is called a periodic tenancy because it runs from rental period to rental period (month to month or week to week).
  • Late Fees. The tenant must pay late fees if the rent is not paid on time, and a charge for any returned checks.
  • Maintenance. Th.....

Texas Residential Fixed Term Lease

Lease a house or apartment to a tenant for a specified period with this Texas Residential Fixed Term Lease Agreement.

  • The lease period is a fixed term, such as 1 year. At the end of the lease term, if the landlord and tenant do not agree to renew it, the lease will expire.
  • The tenant cannot sublet or assign the lease without the landlord's written permission.
  • The tenant is responsible for carrying his/her own renter's insurance to cover personal possessions......

Texas Residential Lease Extension Agreement

Extend the term of a tenant's lease with this Texas Residential Lease Extension Agreement.

  • The landlord and tenant must both agree to extend the lease term for an additional period.
  • The lease cost now becomes a monthly rental payment for the duration of the extended term.
  • All other provisions of the original lease which are not amended in the Extension Agreement remain the same.
  • This Agreement is only for residential tenancies. For business tenants.....

Texas Sublease Agreement (Residential)

TX tenants, sublease the property you are renting with this Texas Sublease Agreement for residential rental properties.

  • Consent. The sublease requires the consent of the landlord.
  • Rent and Costs. The subtenant must pay the rent, the utilities and a damage deposit.
  • Upkeep. The subtenant must keep the premises in clean and good condition.
  • Assignment. The subtenant cannot assign the sublease without the consent of both the.....