Tenant Rights

Renters in the State of Texas are guaranteed some rights under law. The Office of the Texas Attorney General provides an overview of these rights at the following page: Renter’s Rights

Texas law provides victims of sexual assault additional rights under certain conditions. Please reference the following guide provided by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA): Lease Terminations for Victims

Students seeking a lease for student housing or other living arrangements are strongly recommended to research their options thoroughly. Always read the full text of a lease and beware of potential landlords who have had a series of issues with tenants in the past. Discuss with friends and other peers who already live at a property and ask important questions. Examples of these questions include:

• Is it easy to contact the landlord?
• Is after-hours emergency maintenance fast and easily contactable?
• Under what circumstances am I allowed to exit a lease?
• Am I able to sublet or relet my lease to others?
• Does the property and/or its landlord have positive and authentic reviews showing a track record of good behavior?

Housing and renting discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, and familial status is prohibited under the Fair Housing Act. For more information, please visit the City of Waco’s website: Fair Housing