All About Breaking A Lease In Texas
Breaking your lease in Texas without penalty can be challenging, but certain circumstances allow you to do so. However, the process can be tedious, and you probably have plenty of other things on your plate when planning a move. Here is an overview of how DoNotPay can help you break your lease in Texas.
Tenant Rights and Responsibilities When Signing a Lease in Texas
Texas residents have the right to live in a safe rental, which means that they can generally break a lease if the landlord does not adhere to this necessity. Your heat, locks, water, smoke alarms, and essential appliances furnished by your landlord need to be functional. Some form of adequate cooling is also a must in Texas.
Tenants are generally responsible for any regular cleaning and minor repairs necessary to keep the rental in satisfactory condition, and for letting their landlord know when major repairs need to be made.
When Breaking a Lease is Justified in Texas
Texans are typically only able to legally break a lease if a legitimate safety issue is involved. These issues can include:
- Unmade repairs or significant damage that make the rental uninhabitable
- Harassment from the landlord
- Domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking
Military obligations also justify breaking your lease, and you may have more options if your lease includes an early termination clause.
Lease Termination Notice Requirement in Texas
When it comes to breaking a lease in Texas, tenants are required to give a specific amount of notice:
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As you can see, other types of leases are not covered by specific statutes. However, it is generally a good idea to provide a similar length of time for your landlord to use to put your rental back on the market if you can do so safely. This courtesy ensures that you leave on the best terms possible, which minimizes the likelihood of your landlord retaliating and making it more difficult for you to rent in the future.
Consequences of Illegally Breaking a Lease
Your landlord may be able to sue you for the remainder of your lease if you leave without notifying them or if you break your lease for an unapproved reason. They may also consider violating your end of the lease contract to be grounds for considering your leaving to be an eviction. In addition to the obvious immediate financial penalties, these actions may affect your credit, which can make renting more difficult in the future.
Reasons That Can't Be Used to Break a Lease
Unfortunately, most reasons an average person would have for wanting to move are not legally considered legitimate grounds for breaking your lease. You will typically need to wait until the end of your lease if you intend to:
- Move for work, or educational purposes
- Move closer to family or a significant other
- Move in with someone else
- Move to a larger or smaller rental
- Move to an area that better suits your other personal preferences
How to Break a Lease in Texas by Yourself
You will need to provide your landlord with adequate notice before breaking your lease. You will usually also need to pay your last month's rent in full, even if you are not in your apartment for the whole month.
However, it can be challenging to know what is considered adequate notice unless you have a month-to-month lease, as other types do not have a specific required length. Less ethical landlords may also attempt to impose unnecessary fees, tasks, or other penalties if breaking your lease inconveniences them.
Next Steps for Breaking a Lease in Texas if You Can't Do It Yourself
Breaking your lease may involve communicating with your landlord more than you would like to when you prioritize getting ready to move, especially if you are frustrated with a related problem. Fortunately, you have a better option. DoNotPay is a digital lawyer that can firmly and professionally communicate with your landlord on your behalf to inform them that you intend to break your lease, your reason for doing so, and what their next steps should be.
Break a Lease in Texas With the Help of DoNotPay
Here's how you can get started in 3 easy steps:
- Search Break My Lease on DoNotPay.
- Prepare a signed copy of your lease that you can use as a reference and enter the state the lease was signed in.
- Let us guide you through the 4 potential options.
- If you're a uniformed service member breaking a lease to fulfill your service obligations, we'll send your landlord an SCRA Protection Letter.
- If you're breaking your lease for a reason protected by your state's tenant laws, we'll write your landlord a letter detailing your protections for breaking the lease under the relevant law.
- If your reasons for breaking your lease aren't protected by federal or state law, but you'd like to try to convince your landlord to let you break the lease through mutual agreement, we'll draft a hardship letter making your case to your landlord.
- If there are no remaining options for breaking the lease with protection, but your state requires landlords to mitigate damages to tenants who break their leases, we'll notify your landlord of that obligation and minimize the remaining rent you have to pay.
Why Use DoNotPay to Break a Lease in Texas
Breaking your lease can be a complicated and time-consuming process, and you likely have plenty of other things to spend time on when preparing to move within a relatively short amount of time. Choosing DoNotPay is a faster, easier, and more successful option for ensuring that your lease is appropriately broken and that your landlord does not attempt to charge extra fees or require other unnecessary steps.
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
DoNotPay's robot lawyer is a quick and easy option for digitally handling a wide range of issues in several areas of your life. We can also help you:
- Protect other rights you have as a renter
- Obtain copies of several essential documents
- Delete old digital accounts
- Cancel subscriptions you no longer want
- Recover passwords
At DoNotPay, helping you break your lease properly is just one of the many ways we can make renting a bit less confusing. Contact us today to get started.