If you have received a Notice to Vacate or a Citation to be removed from your home or evicted, you may be able to get legal assistance through the resources on this page. It is important to act as quickly as possible if you already received a notice.
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Do you live in Texas and can’t afford your rent? We are here to help. Stop TX Eviction is a collaboration between the three main legal aid providers in Texas (Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Lone Star Legal Aid, and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas) and the state legal aid support center, Texas Legal Services Center, with generous funding from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.
Gulf Coast Community Services Association's Texas Eviction Diversion Program Application
Provides up to six months of rental assistance for those at risk of eviction, and helps landlords find alternatives to eviction.
Self-Representation (Pro Se) Help Guide
Includes information about navigating the eviction process under the CARES Act.
2019-2020 Houston Consumer Law Handbook
Includes answers to basic questions about evictions.
Federal Covid-19 Resources Guide [PDF]
Created by Baker Botts L.L.P. Guide to the federal eviction moratorium starts on page 13 of the document.
Texas Covid-19 Resource Guide [PDF]
Created by Baker Botts L.L.P. Includes information on eviction processes in the state of Texas.
Directory of the Courts
Find contact information for the court where your eviction case has been filed.
Encuentre la información de contacto del tribunal donde se presentó su caso de desalojo.
Texas Law Help
Includes information regarding the legal process of eviction and documents you can use to represent yourself.
Incluye información sobre el proceso legal de desalojo y documentos que puede usar para representarse.
CDC Eviction Moratorium Representation Kit
Texas Legal Services Center has just updated the TexasLawHelp website to include new materials in response to the CDC’s moratorium on evictions. The kit contains a stand-alone declaration form and cover letter to send to the landlord, should the tenant meet all the eligibility criteria.
Houston Apartment Association
Provides guidance, resources, advocacy and help for tenants.
Proporciona orientación, recursos, defensa y ayuda para inquilinos.
Rental Assistance Programs
Baker Ripley Rent Assistance
Texas Supreme Court Advisory: 24th Emergency Order (Aug. 21, 2020)
In a 24th emergency order, the Supreme Court has extended to September 30 limitations on residential-eviction proceedings filed from March 27, 2020, through September 30. As in the earlier, 20th emergency order a sworn original, amended, or supplemental petition containing “a description of the facts and grounds for eviction” required by Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 510.3(a)(2) must state whether the premises is a “covered dwelling” subject to Section 4024 of the CARES Act; the plaintiff is a “multifamily borrower” under forbearance subject to Section 4023 of the CARES Act; and the plaintiff has provided the defendant with 30 days’ notice to vacate under Sections 4024(c) and 4023(e) of the CARES Act.
Texas Supreme Court Advisory: 27th Emergency Order (Sept. 25, 2020)
In an emergency order posted Friday, the Texas Supreme Court has established new procedures for tenants and landlords under a statewide housing-assistance program intended to avoid evictions for tenants behind on rent. Under the Texas Eviction Diversion Program, Gov. Greg Abbott has channeled $171 million in federal money for landlords to provide an eviction alternative. Eligibility for rental assistance under the program will be administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The order, the 27th the Court has issued during the coronavirus pandemic, allows that an eviction proceeding may be abated by agreement for 60 days. Courts will provide tenants with information about the program and court records for participants will be confidential while eviction cases are delayed. The order also outlines procedure for reinstating evictions. Without such reinstatement, eviction cases will be subject to dismissal. The order, which ends December 18, is effective October 12 for “pilot” counties established by the Office of Court Administration and November 9 for all other Texas counties.
More information on the Texas Eviction Diversion Program.
Texas Supreme Court Advisory: 28th Emergency Order (Nov. 9, 2020)
Renews the Texas Eviction Diversion Program for tenants and landlords under a statewide housing-assistance program intended to avoid evictions for tenants behind on rent. The order allows an eviction proceeding to be abated by agreement for 60 days, requires courts to provide tenants with information about the program, and makes court records for participants confidential while eviction cases are delayed. The order also outlines procedure for reinstating evictions. Without such reinstatement, eviction cases will be subject to dismissal. The order expires 2/1 and is effective 10/12 for “pilot” counties established by the Office of Court Administration (OCA) (or on the date that OCA designates them for counties identified after 10/12) and 1/1/21 for all other Texas counties.
Eviction Facts 101
Hechos de desalojo 101
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