Are you a resident with questions about what to do during COVID-19 regarding rent, eviction, assistance, or Section 8? Here are your answers!
What should I do if I cannot pay my rent? Contact your property manager as soon as possible. The most important thing you can do is communicate your situation with your property manager and collect documentation as evidence of your financial situation.
Can I be evicted during this public health crisis? The CDC has issued an Agency Order that halts evictions for nonpayment of rent for renters who meet certain criteria. The Order went into effect on September 4, 2020 and will remain in effect until March 31, 2021. Please note that other types of evictions are NOT covered by the Order. Read more about it on the Texas State Law Library website.
How can I receive financial assistance for paying my rent? The Texas Rent Relief Program now offers emergency funds to help Texas renters pay rent (including past payments) and utility bills. Both landlords and tenants need to visit TexasRentRelief.com to create an account and submit an application as soon as possible. Contact your property manager for more information.
Do I still need to pay rent even though evictions have been halted? Yes - if you can continue paying your rent, you should. To receive protection through the CDC Order, every adult on the lease or rental contract will need to meet certain requirements and sign a sworn declaration under penalty of perjury. Find out more information here.
What if I live at a public housing authority property, affordable housing property or use Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)? Both public housing and Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) residents who experience a loss or reduction of wages should contact their housing authority to learn what assistance can be provided.