Are you worried that your landlord will evict you because you are behind on rent?
You are not alone. Millions of people across Texas are threatened with eviction because they can’t afford to pay the rent.
Eviction is not a criminal matter. If your landlord tries to evict you by filing a lawsuit in court, it does not mean that you have committed a crime. Being unable to pay your rent is not a crime. It’s an unavoidable reality for people worldwide.
However, an eviction is a serious matter because it means you could lose your home. You should never be afraid to ask for help if you are concerned that your landlord might evict you.
Here’s how Stop TX Eviction can help you
All of the information and resources are available for free.
Get legal information about the eviction process and your rights.
Get access to important documents you can give to your landlord or the court.
Apply for legal assistance from organizations in your area that provide free legal services to qualifying tenants.
Find out about rental assistance and other resources in your area and how to apply.
Chat with a real lawyer about your questions regarding eviction.
The Texas Eviction Diversion Program is a new program to help tenants pay rent and stay in their homes. It began in select pilot counties on October 12 and is expected to expand to the rest of Texas in January 2021.
How It Works
When a landlord wants to evict a tenant for not paying rent, they have to go to court. Now, under this new program, the court has to offer the parties a chance to apply for up to six months’ worth of rent. If the landlord and tenant work together to apply and get this rental assistance, the court will then dismiss the eviction case. That way the landlord gets paid and the tenant stays in the home. The judge will also seal the court record so that future landlords won’t see it and hold the eviction case against the tenant.
Who created this program?
The Texas Supreme Court created this program after Governor Greg Abbott allocated more than $171 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help tenants and landlords who are struggling financially due to COVID-19. Other public and nonprofit organizations helped design and carry out the program, including the Office of Court Administration and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Local organizations will work with state agencies and local courts to distribute the funds.
Find out where to apply for rental assistance
There are a variety of sources of rental assistance. One of them is the Eviction Diversion Program. Right now at least, you can only take part in the Eviction Diversion Program if your landlord sues you for eviction and you live in one of the 19 "pilot" counties where this program started in October. In January 2021, the program will be expanded statewide and will not require an eviction to be filed.
Stop TX Eviction is designed to help renters living in Texas. It is not intended to help people who are: homeowners worried about foreclosure of their home; landlords who want to learn about how to evict their tenants; business owners who are worried about commercial evictions; or renters who live outside Texas.