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    Eviction Cases

    An eviction case is a lawsuit brought to recover possession of real property under Chapter 24 of the Texas Property Code, often by a landlord against a tenant.

    A claim for rent may be joined with an eviction case if the amount of rent due and unpaid is not more than $20,000, excluding statutory interest and court costs but including attorney fees, if any. Eviction cases are governed by Rules 500-507 and 510 of Part V of the Rules of Civil Procedure. To the extent of any conflict between Rule 510 and the rest of Part V, Rule 510 applies.

    Evictions MUST be filed in the proper Precinct (where premises is located) or the case will be dismissed.

    Verify the Justice Court Precinct

    For information on Justice Court Rules, please visit Texas Judicial Branch Rules and Forms website.

    A court date will be provided when case is processed.

    Self-Help Legal Information Packet: Filing an Eviction Case (Spanish)

    Self-Help Legal Information Packet: When an Eviction Case Has Been Filed Against You (Spanish)

     

    For eviction proceedings filed from March 27, 2020, through July 25, 2020, a sworn petition containing “a description of the facts and grounds for eviction” required by Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 510.3(a)(2) must state that the premises are not subject to the moratorium on evictions imposed by Section 4024 of the CARES Act.

    25th Emergency Order

    The Supreme Court of Texas has issued its 25th Emergency Order, related to the CDC eviction moratorium, effective September 17. Below are some important highlights:

    • LANDLORDS
      • The landlord must include in an original, amended, or supplemental petition information related to the CARES Act, as well as whether a Declaration under the CDC moratorium has been provided. This requirement applies to ALL evictions, even though the CDC moratorium and the 30-day notice to vacate under the CARES Act only apply to evictions for nonpayment.
    • TENANTS
      • If a Declaration has been provided to the landlord, the court may not proceed unless the judge holds a hearing to determine whether they can proceed and enters a written order detailing why the case may proceed.
      • If a tenant provides a Declaration after an eviction suit is filed, they must file it with the court and serve it on the plaintiff. The court must then abate the case unless the plaintiff contests the Declaration and the court holds a hearing to determine next steps

    The 25th Emergency Order expires December 15.

    Click here to read the Order in its entirety.

     

    FORMS NEEDED:

    1. Sworn Complaint for Eviction*
        OR Sworn Complaint for Eviction for Manufactured Home Community*

    2. Military Affidavit  

    3. Verification Affidavit-CARES Act

    • To ensure compliance with the CARES Act, all Plaintiff’s must complete the below verification affidavit, swearing or declaring that their property is not subject to the federal eviction moratorium. This affidavit is required at filing and before a judgment can be granted on their case. Please complete the CARES Act verification affidavit and submit via email at jp1court@tarrantcounty.com, fax, and or e-file.
    • Please view information on the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill (CARES Act).

    PAYMENT:

    File with Justice Court 1 and serve in Tarrant County

    • Fees
    • $46 filing fee
    • $75 Constable fee for each person being served

     

    CLICK HERE TO FILE AN EVICTION

            -For information on filing online, please visit E-File.

     

    Appeal Information

     

    Accessibility Notice: Due to the complexity of the preceding documents, these documents are scanned images. If you require assistance in accessing the information, please contact Justice Court One at 817-884-1395.

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