The CDC bans many evictions, but many more renters may still be getting forced out by 'informal' or illegal evictions

September 4, 2020

The CDC just halted many evictions through the end of the year. But again, many of them could still be happening quietly. There are qualifications you must meet to be eligible for the protection. And tenants have to fill out a form, which can be found here.

However, Princeton’s Eviction Lab estimates there are twice as many "informal" or illegal evictions than the cases that end up in the courts. So even with an eviction ban in place, many may still be vulnerable.

Attorneys with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas have been offering free advice and help to renters who meet income requirements. They stress that it is important to talk to your landlord first. Try to explain your situation and attempt to negotiate arrangements with the property owner or manager if you are struggling to pay rent. If that doesn't work, attorneys say it’s important for tenants to know that a landlord has to go through a legal process to evict someone - they cannot just change the locks. 

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