Texas RV Park Occupancy Laws

By Charlie Watkins
An RV wends it's way to a park in Texas.

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Texas is a popular camping and RV destination, largely due to it's vast scenic beauty and natural wildlife. There are hundreds of campgrounds in the state, with numerous different rules and regulations specific to each park. However, there are several ordinances at a state level to protect both RV parks and their occupants.

Rental Contract

When a renter and management agree to enter into a rental contract, the management must provide a written list of park rules and regulations, as well as a the fees, if any, to be charged for services provided by the park. The duration of lease must be written into the rental contract as well. Subletting and transfer of lease must also be address in the contract.

Eviction

Upon entering into a rental agreement with a new occupant, owner or manager must alert new occupants, in writing, that their recreational vehicle may be removed from the premises if the occupant defaults on the rental contract. If a renter does not pay their rent after fives days from when the rent is due, or has otherwise broken the rental contract, the owner or manager of the RV Park can issue a 72-hour eviction notice to the defaulting occupant, stating that the occupant has 72 hours to remove themselves and their recreational vehicle from the property. If, at the end of that 72 hour period, the renter has not removed their recreational vehicle, it can legally be towed for impound.

Renewing Rental Agreements

An owner or proprietor of an RV park may choose to not renew a rental agreement with an occupant for reasons other than non-payment or delinquent payment of rent. If the RV Park management chooses not to renew a contract, the park must notify the occupant at least 60 days in advance, or allow the occupant 60 days after the notification of non renewal. After the rental agreement is up and both parties wish to renew the lease, the RV Park may choose to raise the rent by no more than 10 percent of the existing monthly charge.

About the Author

Charlie Watkins is a humorist and musician from Austin, Texas, currently living in Los Angeles. Since 2000, his writing has appeared in "Creative Loafing Savannah," "Savannah Connect" and a variety of other periodicals across the southern United States. He holds a B.A. in English writing from Saint Edward's University. His comedy can be heard on Itunes and seen on Comedy Central.

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