What You Need to Know About Laws and Regulations in Irving, TX – Property Management Education
Understanding state and local laws is an important part of property management in Irving, and you need to be aware of these regulations as a landlord.
Certificate of Occupancy Programs
In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, a lot of communities have Certificate of Occupancy programs. In that program, the city requires an inspection of the property to make sure the house is safe and habitable, and to ensure you are compliant with all the necessary laws.
So, you schedule the inspection with the city and they will issue you a green tag if it passes and a red tag if you need to make some corrections. This is important. You need to do your due diligence and your research to see if your specific city has a Certificate of Occupancy program.
Texas Property Code Regulations
There are also several regulations in the Texas Property Code that every landlord needs to know and follow. Here are three specifics:
You must make sure each bedroom has a smoke detector and that there’s a smoke detector in each hallway. It’s important to remind your tenants to test the batteries at least once a year, and be sure to change those batteries yourself during the make-ready process.
Make sure there is a peephole on each door leading to the exterior of the property, including the door to the garage. If the door has a window next to it, you might not need the peephole, but from a safety and security perspective, it’s a good idea to make sure the door has a peephole anyway.
Finally, each door leading to the exterior or the garage needs a keyless locking device. There used to be an old-school chain or a latch on these doors, and those are not acceptable now. There are keyless locking devices that can be used, or you can use the standard deadbolt. This is also for the safety of your tenants.
It’s not a law, but as a best practice, if your home has a gas fixture like a water heater, stove, or furnace, we recommend a carbon monoxide detector. As you know, carbon monoxide is an odorless gas. If there’s a leak, your tenant won’t know about it. The detector will alert them, keep them safe, and eliminate your own liability.
If you’d like to hear more about the laws in your area or anything pertaining to Irving property management, please contact us at King Realty & Management.