To benefit the tenant, landlord, and surrounding community and to insure proper use of the real property and non-real-property, tenants agree to comply with the following RULES AND REGULATIONS. These RULES AND REGULATIONS are part of the LEASE AGREEMENT.  If the agreement and this policy conflict, the most stringent rule will apply, unless prohibited by federal, state, or local laws.

  1. Tenants will use the premises for residential purposes only; will not conduct any business in or from the premises; will obey all laws, ordinances, and health regulations; and will do nothing that may injure the reputation or condition of the building or its owner. Solicitation of any kind, by guests or Tenants, is prohibited at all times.
  2. Tenants will not do anything or keep anything, in or about the premises, which in any way will increase the risk of fire or that may conflict with fire or insurance regulations.
  3. Tenants shall respect the peace and quiet and will not disturb the neighbors unreasonably by shouting or other loud use of his or her voice, with noise, music, radios and televisions, odor, or in any other way. All abusive, disorderly, violent, or harassing conduct by a Tenant, including but not limited to abusive and/or foul language, sexually explicit comments toward tenants, neighbors, or management is prohibited and is grounds for immediate termination of tenancy. Likewise, vandalism of any kind by a Tenant on or to Landlord’s property is prohibited.
  4. Tenants are responsible for the behavior of any and all of their guests, visitors, and invitees. Such persons may not break LEASE AGREEMENT or these RULES AND REGULATIONS. Tenants are responsible to pay for any damages or clean-up resulting from the conduct of their guests, visitors, and invitees.
  5. Except for controls in Tenants’ premises, intended for Tenants’ use, Tenants will not operate any other controls relating to the building’s utility services without the expressed, written, prior approval of Landlord. This includes but is not limited to heating and air conditioning, water and sewer, gas, electric (including lighting), laundry, or other equipment. THIS RULE CAN ONLY BE SUSPENDED UNDER EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES, WITH PROMPT NOTIFICATION OF THE LANDLORD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
  6. Tenants will not obstruct entrances, public areas, hallways or other corridors, stairs, exits, elevators, lobbies, driveways, parking areas, walks, or fire escapes. Furniture, storage, and all personal belongings must never interfere with adequate clearance for access/egress according to federal, state, and local laws.
  7. Tenants will not drive any nails or screws into walls, floors, tiles, ceilings, woodwork, or partitions; will not drill holes or fasten any article on any part of the premises, or damage or deface the same. Pictures may be hung, provided that only small size “Bulldog” type hangers (pictured right) or push pins are used. Use of tape, glue, or adhesive of any kind is not permitted. Nothing, including clothes, towels, pictures, or any other item, shall be hung from ceilings, pipes, sprinklers, ceiling fans, or any fixtures of the premises.
  8. Unless modified by the LEASE AGREEMENT, animals are not allowed at any time, under any circumstance, except when allowed by federal, state, and local law.
  9. Tenants will not add or in any way change locks or keying.
  10. No furnishings may be taken from the premises and put in halls, basement, or on porches or balconies without prior consent of Landlord, even for limited times. No blinds, shades, or screens shall be attached to, hung in, or used in connection with any window or door of the premises without prior written consent from Landlord.
  11. Tenants will not varnish, paint, paper, or otherwise decorate any walls, floors, doors, woodwork, or cabinets without prior written permission of Landlord. All restoration costs (even if decoration was with permission) will be at Tenants’ expense, but must be supervised by Landlord.
  12. No vehicle or bicycle shall be parked on lawns, shrubberies, patios, walkways, or lawn extensions. Bicycles may not be brought into the premises without prior consent of Landlord. Vehicles shall not be repaired on driveways or in parking areas of the premises. Any vehicle of Tenant or of Tenants’ guests or invitees that leak oil or hydraulic fluid must be removed, and Tenant is responsible for any cleanup (including environmental cleanup, and repair).
  13. Tenants will act reasonably to conserve water and energy, and will report running toilets and faucets to Landlord for service. Tenants will not make unreasonable use of heat, leave windows open during cold weather, or leave televisions or other permitted devices on and unattended. Tenants will not remove screens and/or storms from the windows, even briefly. TENANT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE RESIDENCE BETWEEN 65 AND 75 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT UNLESS THE TENANT HAS REPORTED A PROBLEM WITH THE HVAC TO MANAGEMENT.
  14. Tenants will not install any aerial or antenna, and they will not erect or use any radio transmitters in the premises without both appropriate filters and prior written permission from Landlord.
  15. Tenants will use toilets, tubs, and sinks only for their primary purpose and will never use them to dispose of sweepings, rubbish, rags, garbage, sanitary napkins, or other items likely to clog them. Tenants will dispose of food properly in the trash if the unit does not have a functioning garbage disposal. Tenants are liable to pay Landlord for any expense incurred for repairing damage (including unclogging toilets and drains) caused by Tenants, their guests, or invitees.
  16. Tenants will keep/store any personal property only in their premises or in such space as Landlord may assign them in writing, but storage of kerosene, gasoline, or other flammable or explosive agents is always prohibited. Landlord is not responsible for any items left in the premises at the end of the lease term.
  17. Trash and garbage (including recyclables) always shall be placed in the trash and/or recycle containers provided by Landlord, and container lids, if any, must be kept tightly closed at all times. When applicable, Tenants will put their trash cans and recycle bins curbside for the City’s scheduled pick-up, and will return cans and bins to their normal non-curbside location the same day.
  18. Tenants will perform reasonable housekeeping in their premises to maintain them in a clean, neat, and sanitary condition. Any odors resulting from the tenants’ occupancy, which linger in the property, will necessitate remediation. Payment for remediation will be the responsibility of the tenant or security deposit will be charged for costs.
  19. Unless expressly permitted by Landlord in writing, Tenants shall not display any signs, flags, placards, advertisements, pictures, ornaments, stickers, or other lettering so as to be visible on the outside of the building or the premises. Also, unless otherwise arranged in writing, Tenant is responsible for yard maintenance, as defined in the LEASE AGREEMENT, including properly storing toys, furniture, and other items so as to maintain an attractive appearance.
  20. Tenants will never go on the roof of the building for any reason.
  21. Waterbeds and weight lifting equipment are prohibited at all times. Air conditioners, ovens, space heaters, hot plates, washers, dryers, and refrigerators beyond those supplied by Landlord are prohibited without prior written permission of Landlord.
  22. As stated in the LEASE AGREEMENT, tenant is responsible for pest control. Any damage or infestations found on the property will be the responsibility of the tenant, and treatment can be added to rent or deducted from the security deposit at the Landlord’s discretion.
  23. Smoking is not permitted at any time in the building, including entrances, driveways, all grounds, and including the premises. Pursuant to Paragraph 17 of the LEASE AGREEMENT, tenant will be responsible for remediation of all damage including odor removal. We will charge a minimum $100 coordination fee, plus $75 per trip for re-inspections, meeting vendors at the property, etc. on top of the actual costs of cleaning and repairs.
  24. Tenants will not remove batteries from smoke detectors or in any other way disarm them except when replacing the batteries as required.
  25. Possession, sale, or use of any illegal drug or drug paraphernalia in the premises or the building is prohibited.
  26. Landlord provides light bulbs for all fixtures at the beginning of the lease term. Tenants will replace light bulbs in all lighting fixtures in the premises during and at the end of the term. LIGHT BULBS SHALL BE REPLACED WITH LIKE KIND. (Whether incandescent, CFL, halogen, or LED, tenant must replace bulb with a similar bulb.)
  27. Possessing, using, or storing lethal weapons anywhere in the building is prohibited. “Lethal weapon” is defined as any deadly weapon which, from the manner used, is calculated or likely to produce death or serious bodily injury. This includes, but is not limited to: all firearms, hunting knives, switchblades, bows and arrows, machetes, or other knives. Special provisions may be granted to veterans, CHL holders, and on a case by case basis.
  28. Maintenance requests shall be submitted IN WRITING to Landlord. Specifics of the problem, to the extent possible, shall be included in the request. Tenants are strictly liable to reimburse Landlord for repair of any damage caused by violation of any of these Rules by Tenants or by their guests.
  29. Lock-out will be handled as follows: If the tenant is locked out of property, Landlord or Landlord’s agent, will unlock the property when possible, for a $50 trip charge fee during normal business hours or $100 during off hours or holidays. If the tenant has lost any or all keys, Landlord or Landlord’s agent, will unlock the property when possible, for the applicable trip charge fee AND will charge tenant for rekeying the property at no less than $35 per door and $35 per hour labor during normal business hours (no less than $70 per door and $70 per hour labor during off hours and holidays).
  30. All communication regarding this property, LEASE AGREEMENT, maintenance, and any other issues shall be submitted IN WRITING to the Landlord at the address included in this document, unless otherwise notified in writing, by the Landlord. A phone number is provided for EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. Emergency situations usually are things like a sewer back-up, storm damage or flooding caused by a plumbing failure. Inconveniences such as a slow drain, an interior door off the hinges, or a stove burner that’s not working are items that likely can be submitted in writing.

Mailing Address:  PO Box 833; Groves, Texas  77619          Cell Phone:  409-292-7733         Email:

  1. Please visit the Texas Department of Insurance, and read the article about renters’ insurance ( Renters’ insurance IS REQUIRED under this lease as the owner’s and/or landlord’s policy WILL NOT cover any of your possessions. The Texas Department of Insurance and will be invaluable in getting and comparing insurance policies.  Minimum coverage includes a $300,000.00 liability coverage for any incidents or accidents that may occur on the property.