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Legal Information: Texas

Housing Laws

November 5, 2020

What protections does this law provide?

According to this law, your landlord cannot keep you from calling 911 or from getting other emergency assistance as long as you are calling for help that you actually need. Your call has to be based on your “reasonable belief” that you or someone else is in need of emergency help. Also, the landlord cannot limit the amount of times that law enforcement can be called to your residence, or charge you with any fines or penalties.1

Even if the landlord had language in your lease about not calling 911 or the police for help, it would be considered void and unenforceable. In other words, the landlord cannot say that you “agreed” to those terms just because you signed a lease where limitations or penalties were included – you can ignore that part of your lease.2

1 TXProperty Code § 92.015(a)(1), (a)(2)
2 TXProperty Code § 92.015(b)