If you’re a landlord, here are the basics of how evictions work in Texas.
Today I’m discussing the basics of evictions. (You likely already know this, but the statewide Texas COVID eviction moratorium expired in May 2020, so that’s no longer a factor.) People get evicted for two main reasons: They don’t pay their rent or violate their lease in some other way. For example, the lease may say they can’t have dogs, but they have one, or the lease says only two people can live there, but three or four are living there.
In Texas, before filing an eviction lawsuit, the landlord must first give the tenant a three-day notice to vacate the property, unless the lease specified something else. The landlord does not have to give the tenant the option to fix the violation, but most do. If the violation isn’t fixed and the tenant doesn’t move out within three days, the landlord can file an eviction lawsuit. Then the case goes to court, which will decide whether the tenant will be evicted or not.
If you’re in an eviction situation, I highly advise you to get an attorney, especially if you’re a landlord. If you have more legal questions, call an attorney for the most accurate information. If you have questions about evictions or any other property management matter, give us a call or visit our website. We would love to speak with you.