Texas State Laws Affecting Tenants in Domestic Violence Situations

Here are Texas rules protecting tenants who are victims of domestic violence.

Texas extends special protections to tenants who are victims of domestic violence. Here are some of the domestic violence (DV) laws that apply to tenants:

  • Lease cannot include a waiver of some or all DV rights
  • Landlord entitled to proof of DV status
  • Early termination right for DV victim
  • Lease cannot prohibit calling the police in a DV situation or otherwise penalize DV victim
  • Tenant who exercises termination rights will be released from any delinquent rent unless the lease includes a clause that specifically describes tenants’ rights in a domestic violence situation.

Check the Texas statute (Tex. Prop. Code Ann. § §â

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