Posted by Jason-DTX on November 01, 1998 at 14:53:55:
I would also use the long form unless you are doing amonth to month rental.
In Texas there are laws that are good for the landlord, however they only apply if they are written in the lease. They also have to be bold or underlined. If the lease doesn’t have the proper language in the correct way, then you you can’t enforce the law to your best advantage. This only matters when you have a problem such as eviction and security deposits. You can usually get a good lease from your local Apartment Association. You don’t have to own apartments to be a memeber. Even if you just have single family homes as rentals its a good idea to join. It will also keep you up to date on the law. You will learn little things that can cost you big as far as liability. Example- In Texas all rental property must have a peep hole and KEYLESS deadbolts on all exterior doors, even the back door. It doesn’t sound like a big deal but if your tenant gets beat up by her spouse because she couldn’t lock him out of the house (keyless dead