Texas Property Code - Section 92.331. Retaliation By Landlord

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§ 92.331. RETALIATION BY LANDLORD. (a) A landlord may not retaliate against a tenant by taking an action described by Subsection (b) because the tenant: (1) in good faith exercises or attempts to exercise against a landlord a right or remedy granted to the tenant by lease, municipal ordinance, or federal or state statute; (2) gives a landlord a notice to repair or exercise a remedy under this chapter; or (3) complains to a governmental entity responsible for enforcing building or housing codes, a public utility, or a civic or nonprofit agency, and the tenant: (A) claims a building or housing code violation or utility problem; and (B) believes in good faith that the complaint is valid and that the violation or problem occurred. (b) A landlord may not, within six months after the date of the tenant's action under Subsection (a), retaliate against the tenant by: (1) filing an eviction proceeding, except for the grounds stated by Section 92.332; (2) depriving the tenant of the use of the premises, except for reasons authorized by law; (3) decreasing services to the tenant; (4) increasing the tenant's rent or terminating the tenant's lease; or (5) engaging, in bad faith, in a course of conduct that materially interferes with the tenant's rights under the tenant's lease. Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 3637, ch. 576, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1984. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 650, § 9, eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 48, § 16, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Redesignated from V.T.C.A., Property Code § 92.057(a) and amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 869, § 5, eff. Jan. 1, 1996.

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