In the state of Texas, there are not many laws regarding rent control. However, the few ordinances which are in place provide enough of an outline to see how the state views the act of rent control. The ordinances outlined in this article represent the most prominent and basic laws regarding rent control in the state.
Lack of Private Rent Control Law
The state of Texas does not have a law regarding rent control. This allows property owners to charge or raise the rent as high as they choose. This is similar to Texas's stance on employment, as Texas is a "Right To Work" state. An employer is free to provide a job at the lowest wage legally possible, and the potential worker is free to either take it or find a job that pays better. With housing, the property owner is free to charge as much for the property rental as they choose, and if a potential renter does not like that price, they are free to find another place to rent at a lower price.
If a property owner does choose to raise the rent on an occupant, the property owner or management must notify the occupant of this action at least 60 days in advance. If the property owner notifies the occupant of the rent hike less than two months before the rental agreement expires, the property owner must allow at least 60 days from notification for the occupant to find new lodging, even if that means the occupant staying longer than the rental agreement indicates.
Emergency Rent Control
A city or state may impose rent control on a house, housing complex or district if the governing body finds that there is a housing emergency through a natural disaster or other similar circumstances. For this to occur, the governor must approve of the rent control, and continue the rent control at least as long as the area is under a "state of disaster."