Does Texas Have Rent Control?
No, Texas does not have rent control laws limiting the amount that landlords may ask for rent and state law prohibits local governments from establishing their own rent control laws unless there is a housing emergency and it is approved by the governor.
How Much Can a Landlord Raise Rent By in Texas?
In Texas, landlords can raise rent by any amount that they wish. There is no legal limit or cap on the amount of a rent increase.
When Can a Landlord Raise Rent in Texas?
In Texas, landlords can raise the rent for any reason as long as they don’t do so during the fixed term of a lease (unless the lease allows for it) and aren’t doing so for certain discriminatory or retaliatory reasons.
When Can’t a Landlord Raise Rent in Texas?
In Texas, landlords cannot raise rent during the middle of a lease’s fixed term (unless stated otherwise in the lease agreement), for certain discriminatory reasons (like race or age) or for certain retaliatory reasons (such as in response to a tenant requesting repairs).
The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination due to:
- Gender (including gender identity)
- Sexual orientation
- Nationality or origin
- Familial status
Texas law also prevents landlords from increasing rent in retaliation. An action by a landlord is considered retaliatory if it occurs within 6 months after something a tenant does. Rent increases are considered retaliatory if they are in response to a tenant:
- Filing a complaint with the appropriate agency regarding the health or safety of the property
- Exercising a right granted by law or the lease agreement
- Joining or organizing a tenants’ group or union
- Requesting repairs
How Much Notice is Needed to Raise Rent in Texas?
Unlike most other states, Texas law does not require a specific notice period before raising rent.
Even though state law has no minimum notice period, Texas law still requires that parties to a contract act in good faith, meaning that a landlord should give the tenant reasonable notice when increasing rent.
How Often Can Rent Be Increased in Texas?
Landlords in Texas can increase the rent as often as they choose as long as they don’t do so during a lease term (unless stated otherwise in the lease agreement).