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An Eviction case is a lawsuit brought to recover possession of real property, often by a landlord against a tenant. A claim for rent may be joined with an eviction case if the amount of rent due is unpaid is not more than $20,000, excluding statutory interest and court costs, but including attorney fees, if any. All Eviction suits must be filed in the Justice of the Peace precinct where the property is located.
What is the Eviction Diversion Program
The Texas Supreme Court, in conjunction with an order from Gov. Abbott and with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs has created the Texas Eviction Diversion Program, which is designed to curb a surge of COVID-related evictions, assist vulnerable tenants, and provide an alternative to eviction for landlords.
Eligibility for the program will be determined by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (See the TDHCA site for more information.)
Visit the OCA program information page for program details.
The Supreme Court has issued its 35th Emergency Order that implements the program statewide, beginning February 15, and outlines some of the provisions and procedures (read the 35th Emergency Order).
Funding for rental assistance and eviction diversion will be available for distribution to eligible landlords/tenants and can cover up to 12 months of past due rent and utilities (from March 13, 2020, to present) and up to 3 months of future rent. Landlords must agree to waive late payment fees and their previous claims (both for non-payment of rent or others), and the funding will be direct deposited with the landlord. Tenants must meet income eligibility requirements (at or below 80% of Area Median Income) and be financially affected by COVID-19.
25th Emergency Order
The Supreme Court has issued its 25th Emergency Order, related to the CDC eviction moratorium, effective September 17. Click here to read the Order.
On September 1, the CDC released an order (click here to read the order) creating a federal moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment of rent for “covered persons” from the effective date of the order (expected to be September 4) through December 31, 2020.
The CARES Act (coronavirus stimulus bill) contained provisions halting many evictions for tenants in properties covered by a federally-backed mortgage for 120 days from its enactment.
The bill provides a temporary moratorium on evictions for most residents of federally subsidized apartments, including those supported by HUD, USDA or Treasury (Low Income Housing Tax Credit developments). The bill also institutes a moratorium on filings for evictions for renters in homes covered by federally-backed mortgages for 120 days of enactment.
To ensure that the court isn’t evicting a tenant in violation of this Act, an affidavit is available here for plaintiffs to fill out before receiving a judgment, swearing that their property is not subject to this moratorium.
Landlords can go to the TDCHA website here and click on "HTC Property Inventory (XLSX)" under Additional Guidance and Resources to search a database to determine if their property is subject to the LIHTC restrictions, and can go to this website to check their property against a multi-family housing database.
Remember also that these properties are subject to a 30-day notice to vacate, as described elsewhere in this section.
Checks made payable to: Delta County Justice of the Peace
Filing fee $51.00 - Delta County Service of Citation $80.00 per/citation to be served.
If a service of citation needs to be served in another county or looking for other services visit the link below for all Sheriff and Constable Fees.
Civil Case Information Sheet
Service Member's Civil Relief Act Form
Verification of Compliance with Section 4024 of the CARES ACT AND CDC Federal Eviction Moratorium