Check Out My Educational Video – Why Landlords Must Name All Tenants in an Eviction Suit

Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 510.3(c) requires Landlords to NAME as Defendants (and SERVE) all tenants named in the Lease. Reliance on the language “and all occupants” is not good enough. When the Landlords fails to name a Tenant identified in the lease as a defendant in an eviction suit, that suit is usually dismissed. […]

Eviction Appeals — A Note About Timelines and Costs

I include the following Note as an attachment to my Flat Fee Contract for Eviction Appeals. It helps to set the Landlord’s’s expectations about timing and costs of eviction appeals. A NOTE ABOUT COSTS AND TIMELINES FOR EVICTION APPEALS Evictions are frustrating. The process is time-consuming and slow. It also costs money, which is like […]

Court Filing Fees for Eviction and Eviction Appeal

Court filing fees are an important part of any Landlord’s decision to appeal an unsuccessful eviction suit to the County Court. Sometimes, starting over with a new eviction is more cost-effective. Sometimes this is true, even if the Tenant was awarded costs and attorneys’ fees for defending an unsuccessful eviction in Justice Court. To determine […]

Landlords: Resist the Urge to Fight Tenant’s Claimed “Pauper” Status

Few things frustrate Landlords and personalize eviction suits like non-paying tenants who lose eviction suits, and then file appeals claiming to be “paupers.” The natural tendency of Landlords is to fight the perceived injustice of the tenant’s claim. Especially when they know that the tenant is not a pauper. Despite this urge, the prudent Landlord […]

Eviction Suits: What Rules Apply?

Eviction cases are lawsuits brought to recover possession of real property under Chapter 24 of the Texas Property Code, often by a landlord against a tenant. While eviction cases are technically lawsuits, they have very limited scope (possession of property and past rent owed), and certain requirements that distinguish them from other types of suits. […]