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Property Law Issues During COVID-19

Evictions and COVID-19

The Supreme Court of Texas recently issued an emergency order to temporarily stop most evictions. See the following for what this might mean for you: Evictions During the COVID-19 Pandemic (from TexasLawHelp) and Evictions During COVID-19 (from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid).

 

Mortgage Payments and Foreclosures During COVID-19

There has been a lot of talk about possible limits on foreclosures during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the initial federal response was very limited, the CARES Act gives protections for most if not all federally backed loans. This means that federal protections now apply to about two thirds of residential mortgage loans in the United States. Learn about mortgages and foreclosures during COVID-19 here. 

 

Utilities During COVID-19

The Texas Public Utility Commission has halted electricty, water, and sewage shutoffs until the Governor's disaster declaration ends. To take advantage of this, customers must contact their utility provider and ask about the COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program. We are updating our materials to reflect the new changes. Go to Help with Utilities During COVID-19 for more information.

 

Help with Internet Access During COVID-19

COVID-19 has forced many people to work and study from home. Read this article for information on how you might be able to get help with internet.

Section 8 Housing Rights

Rights for Tenants with Health Issues

The law requires landlords to reasonably accommodate tenants who have disabilities and protects such tenants from discrimination. See this article for information about rights for disabled tenants.

Lockouts - When your landlord locks you out without getting a court-ordered eviction

Your landlord cannot keep you from accessing your home. Even if your lease says your landlord can change the locks, they must give you a key on request. Read this article to find out what to do if your landlord locks you out.

Medical Professional’s Guide to Housing Issues During COVID-19 Pandemic

Landlords can't discriminate against you just because you are a medical professional and might have been exposed to COVID-19 through work. Read this article from Disability Rights Texas to learn about your housing rights as a medical professional. 

Loan Modification Scams

Some people might try to take advantage of you in your time of need. Falling for a scam can put you in debt and even cause you to lose your home.

HUD and its partners put together these anti-scam resources at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/prevent_loan_scams. This information can help you see scams coming as well as tell you what to do if you are the victim of a scam.

Know it. Avoid it. Report it.