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PROPERTY CODE
TITLE 8. LANDLORD AND TENANT
CHAPTER 91. PROVISIONS GENERALLY APPLICABLE TO LANDLORDS AND TENANTS  

PROPERTY CODE

TITLE 8. LANDLORD AND TENANT

CHAPTER 91. PROVISIONS GENERALLY APPLICABLE TO LANDLORDS AND

TENANTS

Sec. 91.001. NOTICE FOR TERMINATING CERTAIN TENANCIES. (a) A

monthly tenancy or a tenancy from month to month may be

terminated by the tenant or the landlord giving notice of

termination to the other.

(b) If a notice of termination is given under Subsection (a) and

if the rent-paying period is at least one month, the tenancy

terminates on whichever of the following days is the later:

(1) the day given in the notice for termination; or

(2) one month after the day on which the notice is given.

(c) If a notice of termination is given under Subsection (a) and

if the rent-paying period is less than a month, the tenancy

terminates on whichever of the following days is the later:

(1) the day given in the notice for termination; or

(2) the day following the expiration of the period beginning on

the day on which notice is given and extending for a number of

days equal to the number of days in the rent-paying period.

(d) If a tenancy terminates on a day that does not correspond to

the beginning or end of a rent-paying period, the tenant is

liable for rent only up to the date of termination.

(e) Subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d) do not apply if:

(1) a landlord and a tenant have agreed in an instrument signed

by both parties on a different period of notice to terminate the

tenancy or that no notice is required; or

(2) there is a breach of contract recognized by law.

Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 3625, ch. 576, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1,

1984. Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 200, Sec. 3, eff. Aug.

26, 1985.

Sec. 91.003. TERMINATION OF LEASE BECAUSE OF PUBLIC INDECENCY

CONVICTION. (a) A landlord may terminate a lease executed or

renewed after June 15, 1981, if:

(1) the tenant or occupant of the leasehold uses the property

for an activity for which the tenant or occupant or for which an

agent or employee of the tenant or occupant is convicted under

Chapter 43, Penal Code, as amended; and

(2) the convicted person has exhausted or abandoned all avenues

of direct appeal from the conviction.

(b) The fee owner or an intermediate lessor terminates the lease

by giving written notice of termination to the tenant or occupant

within six months after the right to terminate arises under this

section. The right to possess the property reverts to the

landlord on the 10th day after the date the notice is given.

(c) This section applies regardless of a term of the lease to

the contrary.

Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 3627, ch. 576, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1,

1984.

Sec. 91.004. LANDLORD'S BREACH OF LEASE; LIEN. (a) If the

landlord of a tenant who is not in default under a lease fails to

comply in any respect with the lease agreement, the landlord is

liable to the tenant for damages resulting from the failure.

(b) To secure payment of the damages, the tenant has a lien on

the landlord's nonexempt property in the tenant's possession and

on the rent due to the landlord under the lease.

Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 3627, ch. 576, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1,

1984.

Sec. 91.005. SUBLETTING PROHIBITED. During the term of a lease,

the tenant may not rent the leasehold to any other person without

the prior consent of the landlord.

Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 3627, ch. 576, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1,

1984.

Sec. 91.006. LANDLORD'S DUTY TO MITIGATE DAMAGES. (a) A

landlord has a duty to mitigate damages if a tenant abandons the

leased premises in violation of the lease.

(b) A provision of a lease that purports to waive a right or to

exempt a landlord from a liability or duty under this section is

void.

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1205, Sec. 8, eff. Sept. 1,

1997.

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