Austin, TX asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas

Q: I signed a lease via docusign. The entire process was handled by the landlord's representative. I have 2 ESA dogs.

The landord is now aware of the dogs and is threatening to either absolve the lease or change it and increase the rent by $200. Can he do that?

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A: In Texas, if you have signed a lease via DocuSign and have two emotional support animals (ESAs), the landlord is generally bound by the terms of the lease agreement. The landlord's representative handling the process and the use of DocuSign are common practices in modern leasing transactions. If the landlord is now aware of the dogs and is threatening to either terminate the lease or modify it by increasing the rent, it could be a breach of the lease terms. Landlords are generally expected to adhere to the terms of the signed lease agreement unless there are specific clauses allowing modifications under certain circumstances. Moreover, if your emotional support animals are covered by reasonable accommodation under fair housing laws, the landlord may be required to accommodate them without imposing additional charges.

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