A lease should protect both the landlord and tenant and be enforceable in a court of law. Outlining specific terms will strengthen your lease, however, the best way to create an enforceable lease is by consulting with an attorney who specializes in landlord-tenant contracts.
Texas landlord-tenant laws don’t cover everything you might want to include in your lease. It’s crucial to outline your house rules in the lease so you can explain those rules with tenants. For example, if you don’t want a tenant to keep pets or smoke in the unit, those details need to be spelled out in your lease. You may find that over time, you’ll amend your lease as you experience different situations with tenants that weren’t addressed in your lease.