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“Stop TX Eviction” was created to provide information as well as the tenants staying at home. About the legal rights and rental help they have available.
Corpus Christi, Texas — As the pandemic rages, several Texas people struggle to make different payments on time. One of them is monthly rent. If this is you, you should know that you are not alone in the struggle and there are resources available to help you get kicked out of your home.
The new online information portal, StopTX Eviction, is the starting point.
It was created by three major legal aid providers here in Texas. LoneStarLegalAid, Legal Assistance in Northwest Texas, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (serving our area of Coastal Bend).
Tenants can access information about their legal rights regarding the eviction process through the digital portal. In the eviction process, you can look for rental assistance or apply for free legal assistance. For Spanish-speaking people, there is a switch at the top left of the portal to completely change all text to Spanish.
Through the portal, lessors can also find more information about the Texas Evacuation Conversion Program, which launched the pilot program last month. A $ 171 million program was created by the Texas Supreme Court and made possible through CARES Act funding to assist qualified tenants who may be renting due to a pandemic. .. The pilot phase of the program was first initiated in 19 counties throughout the state. The counties in our area included in the pilots are Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg and San Patricio, but will spread throughout the state from January 1st.
“For eviction cases related to rent delinquency, refer to your local provider or rental support agency to provide up to 6 months of backrent and, in some cases, future rent, to help tenants avoid eviction. You can do it. ” Marissa Ratta, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid Housing Attorney.
Latta says that the moment someone receives an eviction notice, it can be very overwhelming and anxious, but it’s important for them to realize that they don’t just have to get up and leave immediately. ..
“Evacuation is a court procedure and the landlord cannot physically remove the tenant without going through that court procedure. Therefore, the tenant has the right to appear in court and protect himself and act on his behalf if necessary. You can find people, and in the meantime you can ask for rental assistance. ” “We know that many people are delinquent in rent. During this time, they can’t keep up with their financial obligations, so people feel embarrassed or do something wrong. Should not be. ”
She also guarantees that if she receives a notice of eviction due to the economic struggle caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this is not a crime and is not threatened by all legal jargon. However, it is up to the tenant to take steps to seek rental assistance.
“These notices are scary. They are delivered by law enforcement officers, police officers, or sheriffs. Notifications of evacuation are delivered by the landlord, but very scary words may be used. Evacuate within 3 days. It says it needs to be done, otherwise it’s committing a “forced detainee,” Ratta said.
“Most of them are specific technical legal terms, but what people need to understand is that staying at home is not a crime, even if you are renting or threatened with eviction. That means you can’t go to jail just because you’re living at home to prevent eviction, not a criminal case. “
Latta advised that if the tenant is seeking legal assistance, they can also apply by visiting https://www.trla.org/. She said the lessor could expect a reply within about three days once the application was submitted. The TRLA website also has a direct link to the StopTxEviction portal.
“What I want tenants to know is that the start of the process is not the end, but the opportunity to get the help they need so they don’t have to lose their homes.”
Related: Homeless support and homeless prevention services provided to people affected by the pandemic
Related: Texas is currently offering a new rental assistance program for rent delinquents
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