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    Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley has signed a declaration of local disaster due to a public health emergency.

    The order was signed to help contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Tarrant County.(1) Tarrant County COVID-19 Information

    Click here to view Tarrant County COVID-19 Information

    33rd Emergency Order

    The Supreme Court of Texas has issued its 33rd Emergency Order, related to Jury Trials.

    • The hold on Jury Trials has been extended to April 1, 2021.

    Click here to read the 33rd Emergency Order in its entirety.

    32nd Emergency Order

    The Supreme Court of Texas has issued its 32nd Emergency Order, extending the Cares Act and CDC Declaration Requirement until January 31, 2021. 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
      • Under the CDC’s order, you MUST file the declaration with the Justice Court and serve a copy of the declaration on the landlord, owner of the residential property where you live, or other person who has a right to have you evicted or removed from where you live.
        • IMPORTANT: Each adult listed on the lease, rental agreement, or housing contract should complete this declaration.
      • 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 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.

    Click here to read the 32nd Emergency Order in its entirety.


    State of Texas Eviction Diversion Program - EFFECTIVE February 1, 2021

    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 Spring 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 31st Emergency Order in its entirety.

    TEDP Informational Brochures

    TEDP Brochure (English)

    TEDP Brochure (Spanish)

    TEDP Brochure (Vietnamese)

    The 31st Emergency Order expires March 15, 2021.

     



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