As of 2015, there are no statutes regulating the exchange of pet deposits between landlords and tenants in the state of Texas, according to Landlordology legal experts. Landlords are free to demand as little or as much as the pet owner agrees to when signing the lease.
A lack of regulatory laws in Texas essentially means landlords are allowed to treat such deposits as their own money. Tenants are encouraged to obtain a receipt of payment and something in writing explaining the precise refund policy, if not outlined in the lease. Tenants should also provide a forwarding address if the deposit has not been returned at the time of moving out. In cases where landlords have wrongfully failed to return deposits, tenants have successfully filed suit and gotten them returned.