Texas Supreme Court Halts Evictions Statewide due to COVID-19

Due to the chaos inflicted by the Coronavirus pandemic, the Texas Supreme Court has issued an order halting eviction proceedings statewide until April 19, effective immediately. At the end of the period, the chief justice can choose to renew the order.  There is one exception: Landlords may proceed with eviction cases only if the actions of the occupants “pose an imminent threat” of physical harm to the landlord, the landlord’s employees or other tenants, or if the occupants are engaging in criminal activity.  Officials in San Antonio have already placed a moratorium on evictions, and some have suspended utility shutoffs.

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