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. […]

Don’t Trust Your San Antonio Eviction to a Non-Lawyer “Eviction Service”

  If you’re reading this post, you have likely navigated the elaborate web of internet pages advertising “eviction services” to end up here. Congratulations, and thank you.   Even if you chose not to hire me for your eviction, do yourself a favor by engaging  another experienced attorney and avoiding the many NON-LAWYER outfits offering […]

Eviction Suit Must Name All Tenants on Lease as Defendants

Many Landlords try to save a few dollars by naming only a single tenant, together with “all occupants,” as the eviction suit Defendants.  Unfortunately, this corner-cutting frequently results in additional delay and possibly dismissal, based upon the clear mandate of Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 510.3 The Rule is clear, and it ALWAYS applies when […]

Eviction Backfire: Attorneys’ Fee Awards to Tenants When Landlords Blunder Eviction Suits

TENANTS ARE WINNING EVICTION CASES MORE FREQUENTLY Lately, we have been inundated with calls from Landlords who have unsuccessfully sought to evict their tenants. Rather than receiving judgments for possession and recovering their properties, Landlords report entry of dismissals and Take Nothing Judgments. These unfavorable results often arise from technical deficiencies in the Landlord’s handling […]