What Maintenance Is A Landlord Responsible For?

Under the Texas Property Code, the landlord must keep the property in a fit and habitable condition.

Under Sec. 92.052. LANDLORD’S DUTY TO REPAIR OR REMEDY. (a) A landlord shall make a diligent effort to repair or remedy a condition if: (1) the tenant specifies the condition in a written notice to the person to whom or to the place where rent is normally paid. (2) the tenant is not delinquent in the payment of rent at the time notice is given; and (3) the condition: (A) materially affects the physical health or safety of an ordinary tenant; or (B) arises from the landlord’s failure to provide and maintain in good operating condition a device to supply hot water of a minimum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.(b) Unless the condition was caused by normal wear and tear, the landlord does not have a duty during the lease term or a renewal or extension to repair or remedy a condition caused by:

(1) the tenant;
(2) a lawful occupant in the tenant’s dwelling;
(3) a member of the tenant’s family; or
(4) a guest or invitee of the tenant

Since our leases are in writing: (d) The tenant’s notice under Subsection (a) must be in writing

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