Texas Supreme Courts Halts Evictions Due to COVID-19

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS ════════════════════ Misc. Docket No. 20-9045 ════════════════════ FOURTH EMERGENCY ORDER REGARDING THE COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER ════════════════════════════════════════════════ ORDERED that: 1. Governor Abbott has declared a state of disaster in all 254 counties in the State of Texas in response to the imminent threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. This order is […]


Like  all legal proceedings, eviction suits can be expensive undertakings. Attorneys’ fees are a large component of legal expense. For this reason, landlords and tenants frequently seek to recover fees from the opposing party to an eviction action. Recovery of fees by the prevailing party is not automatic. Instead, such awards are governed by Section […]

Landlords: Please STOP Posting Notice to Vacate to the OUTSIDE of the Door

Landlords, property managers, attorneys and even judges are CONFUSED. Lately, this confusion has resulted in an epidemic of botched evictions. Observing these losses stings because they regularly occur in cases where tenants have failed to pay rent.  Bad tenants are getting away with non-payment and being allowed to remain in the rental premises every day. This is […]

Landlord May Not Interrupt Tenant Utilities

NON-PAYING TENANTS AND THE STRESS THEY CREATE Few things cause landlords as much stress and turmoil as  do non-paying tenants.  Indeed, the whirlwind of expense and emotion caused. by a tenant who expects a “free ride” can lead landlords to extreme measures. When they cannot collect rent, some landlords seek to exert pressure on tenants […]