Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Texas Guarantor Not Liable Under Lease Renewal

The Texas Legislature made couple of revisions to the Texas Property Code during the 81st Legislative Session. They added Section 92.021 which addresses liability of guarantors under lease renewals. Under the new code section, for lease agreements executed on or after January 1, 2010, a guarantor is not liable under a lease renewal unless the guarantor expressly agreed to be liable under a lease renewal in the original lease. The original lease must contain specific information as set out in the new code section to bind a guarantor under a lease renewal. Landlords should review and revise their leases as necessary before January 1, 2010.