Landlord Responsibilities and Rights

  • Texas landlords have several responsibilities to the tenants.
  • All doors and windows must have some sort of security device installed, such as a lock.
  • The unit must comply with local housing and health codes and repairs must be conducted in a timely manner.
  • The landlord must also provide smoke detectors in all units.
  • A Texas landlord has the right to enter his property for several specific reasons, primarily for making requested repairs and maintenance inspections.
  • Other reasons include emergencies and showing the apartment near the end of a tenant's tenancy.
  • A landlord also has the right to establish rules for the rental unit, building or community.
  • The rules must be applied to all tenants and cannot be based on discriminatory grounds.