The State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association and legal aid providers have a legal assistance hotline for low-income individuals and families affected by the Texas winter storms. Call 1-800-504-7030. Help is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has received $1.3 billion in Emergency Rental Assistance funds from the newly passed Coronavirus Relief Bill. TDHCA’s Texas Rent Relief program will accept applications from landlords and tenants beginning February 15, 2021, at 8 a.m. Learn more and apply by phone at 833-9TX-RENT / 833-989-7368.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is taking complaints from tenants about problems with debt collectors, including attorneys seeking to evict tenants in violation of the CDC eviction moratorium. Consumers can submit a complaint at www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint/ or by calling (855) 411-2372.
Texas Supreme Court — Courts may not hold in-person jury trials until April 1, with some exceptions. Courts are also allowed to suspend deadlines and procedures until April 1, 2021.
CARES Act – There was a moratorium on evictions for properties with federally-backed loans from March 27 to July 24, 2020. Landlords of these properties were not allowed to charge late fees during that period. Landlords of covered properties must give 30-day notice to vacate before filing with the court. You can check to see if your property is covered by the CARES Act at this link.
Travis County – Nonpayment eviction cases will not be heard until after May1, 2021 if the tenant’s rent is $2,475.00 a month or less.