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Can a Landlord Ignore or Refuse my Request to Sublet in Texas?

Texas laws do very little to address subletting. Most state laws say that if a landlord rejects your proposed subtenant, they must have good reason. Texas doesn't address this specifically in their state laws.

Reasonable Refusal

There are no Texas statutes or guidance for what kind of refusal is reasonable, so you can follow the general rule of thumb: an applicant can only be reasonably refused if it can be proven that they would put the landlord's business at risk. If there is no evidence that they would have the ability to pay the rent reliably as a subtenant then there are grounds for reasonable refusal.

Unreasonable Refusal

Texas has a Fair Housing Act. The law states that anyone seeking housing cannot be discriminated against for race, religious creed, color, national origin, disability, sex, and familial status. If your landlord rejects a subtenant based on any of these criteria, it's likely that a court would deem it unreasonable refusal and against the Act.

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