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Replace the carpet?

Does a landlord have to replace the carpet?

Question: The tenant for a property I manage has asked the landlord to replace the carpet in one room because she says it looks worn and needs repair. Does the landlord have to fulfill this request?

Answer: No. Neither the Texas Property Code nor the Texas Association of REALTORS® Residential Lease would require a landlord to replace or repair something like this.

While Paragraph 18D(1) of the TAR Residential Lease states that the “landlord will pay to repair or remedy conditions in the property in need of repair if the tenant complies with the procedures for requesting repairs,” this does not mean that the landlord has the obligation to make every requested repair. Paragraph 18D(2) of the TAR Residential Lease states that a landlord will not pay to repair “items that are cosmetic in nature with no impact on the functionality or use of the item,” and a landlord could argue that worn carpet falls under this category. Additionally, Paragraph 18C(1) the TAR Residential Leasestates that all decisions regarding repair will be at the landlord’s sole discretion.

For more information on how Leasing Texas handles repairs, click here

Leasing Texas Qualifying Criteria


Thank you for your interest in one of our properties and taking the time to read Leasing Texas qualifying criteria

Although the landlord is ultimately the one making the decision to approve your application, below is a list of the Leasing Texas general criteria in which the landlord may base their decision.

Application fee:
The application fee, as outlined in the listing, must be paid online at the time your application is submitted. Failure to pay the application fee will result in automatic decline. The application fee is non-refundable once submitted.

Tenant Selection Criteria:

1. Rental History:
Two years of residency history must be provided in order to process your application. If you rented, Landlord contact information must be filled out.
2. Employment History:
Two years of consecutive employment history must be submitted along with proof of income of at least 3x the amount of rent. If you do not have employment history, please provide proof of income via bank statements, retirement or social security statements.
3. Property Condition:
You are accepting the property in an as-is condition. Requests for changes to the property must be submitted in writing with the application.
4. Deposits:
Applicant must submit security deposit either via payment online or in certified funds (checks will not be accepted for security deposits) and signed lease within 48 hours of acceptance of application. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of the application. If owner permits a pet, a pet deposit must be paid on or before move in.
5. Photo ID:
All persons 18 or older must submit a copy of their driver’s license or other approved photo ID with the application.
6. Credit:
A credit report must be processed for each applicant 18 years or older
7. Criminal:
A criminal background check will be processed for each applicant 18 years or older.

Double security deposit

Dismissed Bankruptcy within last 4 years
Double security deposit

Broken lease, past eviction or negative rental history
Double security deposit

More than 50% negative credit
Double security deposit

50% negative and 50% positive credit with good rental history
½ Additional Security Deposit

Good rental history with no credit
Co-signor or ½ additional security deposit

No rental or credit history
Up to double deposit

More than 50% positive credit, good rental history
Single security deposit

Current eviction

Falsification of application

Invalid social security number or other acceptable form of ID.

Failure to pay application fee

Incomplete application

Criminal History
Case by case.
Aggravated or sexual offenses in nature is automatic decline


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