Bill Text: TX HB2404 | 2015-2016 | 84th Legislature | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relating to certain security devices for residential tenancies.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Passed) 2015-06-19 - Effective on 1/1/16 [HB2404 Detail]

Download: Texas-2015-HB2404-Introduced.html
 
 
  By: Anderson of Dallas H.B. No. 2404
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to certain security devices for residential tenancies.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 92.151(2), Property Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
               (2)  "Door viewer" means a permanently installed device
  in or immediately adjacent to an exterior door that allows a person
  inside the dwelling to view a person outside the door. The device
  must be:
                     (A)  a clear glass pane or one-way mirror; or
                     (B)  a peephole in an exterior door having a
  barrel with a one-way lens of glass or other substance providing an
  angle view of not less than 160 degrees.
         SECTION 2.  Section 92.153(a), Property Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  Except as provided by Subsections (b), (e), (f), (g),
  and (h) and without necessity of request by the tenant, a dwelling
  must be equipped with:
               (1)  a window latch on each exterior window of the
  dwelling;
               (2)  a doorknob lock or keyed dead bolt on each exterior
  door;
               (3)  a sliding door pin lock on each exterior sliding
  glass door of the dwelling;
               (4)  a sliding door handle latch or a sliding door
  security bar on each exterior sliding glass door of the dwelling;
  [and]
               (5)  a keyless bolting device [and a door viewer] on
  each exterior door of the dwelling; and
               (6)  a door viewer in or immediately adjacent to each
  exterior door of the dwelling.
         SECTION 3.  Section 92.156, Property Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 92.156.  REKEYING OR CHANGE OF SECURITY DEVICES. (a)
  Except as otherwise provided in Subsection (e), [A] a security
  device operated by a key, card, or combination shall be rekeyed by
  the landlord at the landlord's expense not later than the seventh
  day after each tenant turnover date.
         (b)  A landlord shall perform additional rekeying or change a
  security device at the tenant's expense if requested by the tenant.
  A tenant may make an unlimited number of requests under this
  subsection.
         (c)  The expense of rekeying security devices for purposes of
  the use or change of the landlord's master key must be paid by the
  landlord.
         (d)  This section does not apply to locks on closet doors or
  other interior doors.
         (e)  In the event a tenant breaches a written lease, a
  landlord may deduct reasonable costs to rekey certain security
  devices as required by this section, from the tenant's security
  deposit, only if a written lease authorizes the landlord to do so in
  underlined or boldface print.
         SECTION 4.  Section 92.157(a), Property Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  At a tenant's request made at any time, a landlord, at
  the tenant's expense, shall install:
               (1)  a keyed dead bolt on an exterior door if the door
  has:
                     (A)  a doorknob lock but not a keyed dead bolt; or
                     (B)  a keyless bolting device but not a keyed dead
  bolt or doorknob lock; and
               (2)  a sliding door [pin lock] handle latch or sliding
  door security bar if the door is an exterior sliding glass door
  without a sliding door [pin lock] handle latch or sliding door
  security bar.
         SECTION 5.  Section 92.1641, Property Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 92.1641.  LANDLORD'S DEFENSES RELATING TO INSTALLING OR
  REKEYING CERTAIN SECURITY DEVICES. The landlord has a defense to
  liability under Section 92.164 if:
               (1)  the tenant has not fully paid all rent then due
  from the tenant on the date the tenant gives a request under
  Subsection [(a)] (c) of Section 92.157 or the notice required by
  Section 92.164; or
               (2)  on the date the tenant terminates the lease or
  files suit the tenant has not fully paid costs requested by the
  landlord and authorized by Section 92.162.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
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