Texas courts must start telling tenants how a federal eviction moratorium can keep them housed

September 22, 2020

Texans facing eviction must be informed in court citations about how they can remain housed under a national eviction moratorium, the Texas Supreme Court ordered Thursday. The measure clarified aspects that housing lawyers said were unclear after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its moratorium on evictions this month.

“Now you will be notified when you are served by the constable that you have this right,” said Fred Fuchs, housing attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. “For folks that don’t know about this, now they will. It’s absolutely critical that the court took this step. It will ensure to promote public health during this pandemic, because it prevents evictions and keeps people housed.”

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