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Disasters & Emergencies

Legal resources related to disaster relief in Texas. This guide has been updated to reflect information pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information on this guide is subject to change at any time.


Eviction and Utility Relief

Statewide Relief

Local Relief

Landlord/Tenant Issues After a Disaster

Residential Renter's Rights

Commercial Tenancies

Federal Assistance

Local Orders for Eviction or Utility Relief

Some counties and municipalities in Texas may be suspending eviction court proceedings or utility shutoffs due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Some Justice Courts have issued orders that specifically discuss how they will handle evictions, while others have said that they will only be holding hearings for "essential functions" of the court. These essential functions may include things like magistrations, writs of re-entry, and protective order hearings. If a county appears in the list below, their essential functions do not include writs of possession, which are what allow a landlord to regain possession of their rental property from a tenant who has been evicted.

The list below is not comprehensive, but we will do our best to keep it up to date.

Please check with your local government for more information.

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