According to a new scorecard released by the Eviction Lab, the State of Texas performs poorly when it comes to protecting renters impacted by COVID-19 from eviction. As a result, “[w]ithout further action and supportive measures, Texas could see a surge of evictions immediately following the pandemic.” While Texas has a short-term moratorium on eviction hearings, Texas landlords can still file eviction actions, and both back rent and late fees continue to accumulate. Additional weaknesses highlighted in the scorecard include:
- Landlords are still allowed to report missed or late rent payments to credit agencies.
- Texas has not introduced any new housing subsidies to help tenants catch up on rent during the pandemic.
- Tenants facing eviction have no guaranteed legal counsel.
- Renters do not have a grace period to pay past-due rent.