Texas renters could face eviction despite CDC moratorium
There’s confusion for renters in Texas on the federal government’s halt on evictions.
“What we're about to see, is a mass wave of evictions in the state of Texas,” said attorney Mark Melton.
Melton says many are still months behind on their rent—even if they’ve been able to get a job.
At the end of March, the Texas Supreme Court’s stop on evictions during the pandemic ended — while the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s order ends on June 30.
“And a lot of tenants are now beginning to understand the problem," said Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Place 2 Jesus Morales.
Morales sees eviction cases every week and says most being evicted are without a job.
The owner of an apartment complex could evict a tenant. But legal experts say, the owner runs the risk of violating a CDC order, even if the Texas Supreme Court doesn’t have a similar one.
"We literally are sitting on billions of dollars of rent assistance money that's there right now,” Melton said.
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