On June 16th, the Travis County Justices of the Peace issued an updated order postponing all eviction hearings until July 22, 2020, except for instances involving imminent threat of physical harm or criminal activity. The order also bars writs of possession from being executed until July 29, 2020.
A few days before the June 16th order, Travis County Judge Bisco issued an order suspending landlord notices to vacate until July 25th, 2020. Before an eviction case can be filed in Texas, a notice to vacate is required and the time under the notice must expire. The order provides an exception for instances involving criminal activity or imminent threat of physical harm. The County Judge’s order also bars landlord lockouts of tenants and seizures of tenants’ non-exempt property until July 25th (exempt property is already protected from seizure under the Texas Property Code). The order includes a set of questions and answers and list of jurisdictions covered by the order.