Texas tenants are still struggling to stop evictions a month after federal moratorium was announced

Since Sept. 17, court citations include information on how to apply for protections. But some eviction cases had already begun. And the moratorium will only delay proceedings for some renters.

News Story (Texas)

Juan Pablo Garnham
Texas Tribune
October 6, 2020

Tags: CDC Eviction Moratorium, COVID-19, Housing, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), Legal Aid of Northwest Texas


Housing advocates and lawyers consulted around the state said that initially, only a few judges informed tenants about the CDC order or asked them if they had signed the declaration needed.

“It’s a tough balance. The judge can’t show favoritism towards the landlord or the tenant’s side,” said Becky Moseley, housing attorney with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. “The judges also can’t give legal advice, so it’s a fine line that the judges have to apply individually.”