Copyright Policy

Lease Violation Update

TSSA is pleased to update our members on the status of our efforts to stop the use of your lease agreements and forms by facilities that are not TSSA members. Although a TSSA/TMSA lease is completely invalid and voidable at the tenant’s option when used by a non-member, it’s certainly happening out there. To date, we’ve investigated possible unlawful lease use in the following Texas cities (see below). Although not all investigations have resulted in the discovery of unlawful use of TSSA/TMSA materials, many have.

Addison
Amarillo
Aubrey
Austin
Bastrop
Beaumont
Beeville
Bellevue
Bonham
Brownwood
Buchanan Dam
Buffalo Gap
Canyon Lake
Carthage
Cedar Hill
Cedar Park
Center
Chandler
Cibolo
Cleveland
College Station
Conroe
Copperas Cove
Corpus Christi
Corsicana
Crowley
Cuero
Dallas
Decatur
Del Rio
Denton
Devine
Eddy
El Campo
El Paso
Farmersville
Flower Mound
Fort Stockton
Fort Worth
Garland
Gilmer
Granbury
Haslet
Hawkins
Hereford
Hewitt
Hitchcock
Houston
Huffman
Huntsville
Ingleside
Joshua
Kemah
Kerrville
Kilgore
La Grange
La Vernia
Lake Dallas
Laredo
Leander
Liberty
Liberty Hill
Livingston
Longview
Lubbock
Mansfield
Mauriceville
McAllen
Midland
Mineola
Moore
Mount Vernon
Nacogdoches
New Braunfels
Odessa
Omaha
Orange
Palestine
Palmview
Pasadena
Pleasanton
Poth
Pottsboro
Princeton
Red Oak
Richardson
Rockport
Rosenberg
Rule
San Angelo
San Antonio
San Marcos
Sanger
Shallowater
Spicewood
Spring Branch
Stafford
Strawn
Sugar Land
Sulpher Springs
Sweetwater
Terrell
Texas City
Thorndale
Tomball
Tow
Trinity
Venus
Victoria
Vidor
Waxahachie
Webster
Weimar
White Settlement
Whitney
Willis
Wolfe City
Wylie

TSSA Forms Are Copyrighted!

Copyright liability. The TSSA/TMSA lease and other Goldbook© forms are copyrighted under the federal copyright statute. Under the statute, if someone reproduces or copies a copyrighted form without being authorized, he is subject to significant liabilities. He may be sued for damages for: (1) actual damages; (2) civil penalties of up to $50,000 per violation; and (3) attorneys fees.

Rental agreement voidable. Additionally, the TSSA/TMSA rental agreement is voidable at the tenant’s option if the facility owner or management company using the TSSA lease is not a TSSA member on the date of signing the rental agreement. If the TSSA member lets his membership lapse, any TSSA lease signed while he was a member remains valid; but any lease signed after membership lapses is voidable at the option of the tenant. That means the tenant can no longer be held liable for rent if the tenant decides to void the lease.

Vigorous enforcement. The TSSA Board of Directors will vigorously enforce any copyright violations by non-members or by former members who have let their membership lapse, or by current members unlawfully reproducing the official TSSA forms. If necessary, TSSA will file lawsuits to recover actual damages, civil penalties of up to $50,000, and attorneys fees.