State eviction hold expires Monday, May 18; Properties must affirm they are not covered by CARES Act

Government Affairs Update, State,

The Texas Apartment Association will be updating you regularly about our resources and actions taken to respond to challenges our members are facing in response to the coronavirus and COVID-19. 

Supreme Court allows statewide eviction hold to expire Monday, May 18; New requirement relative to CARES Act:

The Texas Supreme Court on Thursday issued a new emergency order, allowing nonpayment of rent evictions to be heard beginning May 19. The Texas Apartment Association continues to encourage members to work as possible with residents to avoid evictions. The Court’s order requires petitions for evictions filed between March 27 and July 25  to include a statement that the premises are not subject to the moratorium on evictions imposed by Section 4024 of the CARES Act. Remember, the CARES Act only applies to eviction cases involving non-payment of rent.

The goal of this order is to have a consistent statewide approach for handling eviction cases in light of the CARES Act. While the Court’s order allows nonpayment of rent evictions to move forward, there still may be local mandates in place affecting the eviction process. Residential eviction proceedings may resume Tuesday, May 19, and writs of possession may be executed beginning May 26. This order will expire July 25 unless extended.

TAA FAQ on Eviction Moratorium Expiration

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Free webinar on coronavirus-related issues: 

What’s Next? Responding to COVID-19—This free TAA-sponsored webinar is scheduled Wednesday, May 20 at 2:30 p.m. CDT. As summer approaches, how has the rental industry’s response to the pandemic evolved? Our panel of industry professionals will address questions such as the latest developments regarding the state’s eviction moratorium, considerations when re-opening property amenities, and handling issues such as residents who have COVID-19. FAQs and additional resources will be available for the webinar. Reserve your spot.

Questions? TAA has a dedicated email for members with coronavirus-related questions: