Tenant Rights

Texas law requires that most rental properties have certain security devices in place on the windows and exterior Hand Holding Hammer in front of Housedoors while a tenant is occupying the property under a lease.

In your situation, you should make sure that …

  • Each exterior window has a window latch;
  • Each exterior sliding glass door has a pin lock, and a handle latch or security bar; and
  • Each exterior door—including a door between a living area and a garage, but not a sliding glass door or screen door—has three things:
    • a doorknob lock or keyed deadbolt;
    • a keyless bolting device; and
    • a door viewer.

These devices must be installed at your expense before you have a tenant.

If you have addition questions about the responsibilities of your land lord  contact a One House Realty Agent.