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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)


    State of Texas Eviction Diversion Program - DELAYED

    The Supreme Court of Texas has issued its 28th Emergency Order, delaying the implementation of the State of Texas Eviction Diversion Program in counties that are not designated by OCA as pilot counties until January 1, 2021. Below are some important highlights:

    The Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) helps Texas tenants stay in their homes and provides landlords an alternative to eviction. The TEDP may provide up to six months of rental assistance for eligible tenants who are behind on their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have been sued for eviction. Both the tenant and the landlord must agree to participate and meet the requirements in the chart below. This temporary program is a unique partnership between the Supreme Court of Texas, Texas Office of Court Administration, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).

    • Assistance can be used to pay the full contracted rent that is past due (up to five months), and the remainder may be used to pay for subsequent months of assistance (up to a total of six months).
    • The TEDP uses a special court process that allows courts to put eviction lawsuits on hold and divert them to the TEDP. Under the TEDP, lump sum payments are provided to landlords for rental arrears in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes and forgiving late fees. Diverted cases will be dismissed and made confidential from public disclosure.

    For more information on the State of Texas Eviction Diversion Program Click on the links below.

    Texas Judicial Branch

    Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs

    Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) Overview

    Click here to read the 28th Emergency Order in its entirety.

    TEDP Informational Brochures

    TEDP Brochure (English)

    TEDP Brochure (Spanish)

    TEDP Brochure (Vietnamese)

    The 28th Emergency Order expires February 1, 2021.

    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 25th Executive 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

    Note: Cases filed with a Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs cannot be filed                    using "Guide and File." These cases MUST be filed through EFileTexas.

            -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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