Where To Find Rent Relief in Texas

Where To Find Rent Relief in Texas

Scott Dylan Westerlund
Scott Dylan Westerlund
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According to leading social scientists, states that had stronger and more significant COVID rules ended up with better health and economic outcomes.

While that’s good news for states that opted for strong pandemic protections, it’s not so great for states like Texas that had a more lenient approach to the pandemic.

Now that we’re over a year into the crisis, millions of Texans are struggling to afford basic necessities like their rent payments. In response, the federal government has issued a temporary federal eviction ban that may have helped you survive this crisis. That ban is coming to an end, though, so will you need to find other rent relief in Texas starting in August? If you can’t pay rent and you need help, then learn what you can do about it below.

The Federal Eviction Ban: What's Going On?

The federal eviction ban ended on July 31st. Renters everywhere with past due rent were understandably terrified. On August 4th, President Biden and the CDC halted evictions in  regions of the country with "substantial and high transmission" of the coronavirus.

Those areas change daily, and you can see what counties are considered "high transmission" zones here

As of today, most - but not all - of Texas is considered a "high transmission" area. 

If you don't live in a red zone, but still can't pay your rent, you may want to look into rent relief.

If you do live in a red zone, it may be a good idea to start thinking about rent relief in case you need it down the road. 

Where Can I Find Rent Relief in Texas?

So, where can you find rent relief in Texas? First, speak with your landlord about your options. If you’ve already missed a significant amount of payments, then your landlord might be able to recover that money by participating in the Texas Eviction Diversion Program. Both you and your landlord must voluntarily agree to participate, though.

Once you’ve agreed to ask the state for assistance, you’ll need to apply for the program. If approved, then the state will help cover up to 15 months in both rent and utility expenses. Any past-due rent that you’ve missed will be given to your landlord in a lump sum. In exchange, your landlord must drop the current eviction case against you.

Keep in mind that after you go through this process, your landlord might still decide to restart the eviction process against you. If you need further rent relief, then you can attempt to apply for three additional months of assistance using the same process.

If this program isn’t enough to help you get through this pandemic, then you might want to consider your options for filing for bankruptcy. If you file for bankruptcy, then your landlord will be served with an automatic stay, which will halt the eviction proceedings until after your bankruptcy case concludes. During your bankruptcy case, you might be able to get past debts discharged, which will help free up more disposable income that you can apply to your rent payments or past due rent.

It's also a good idea to consider looking into your eligibility for state-funded housing units. Depending on your situation, you might qualify for certain state or federal programs that can help you secure housing.

Do You Need Immediate Rent Relief in Texas?

Did the coronavirus pandemic impact your household’s income? Have you missed some of your rent payments during the pandemic, and are you worried that your landlord is going to evict you?

If you need immediate rent relief in Texas, then you’ll be happy to learn that the federal eviction ban has been extended in our state until October. On top of these protections, you can also file for bankruptcy if you think you need additional financial assistance outside of just your rent. Before you make these tough decisions, though, it’s wise to speak with a legal advisor.


Do you feel like your landlord has violated your renter’s rights during the pandemic? Are you worried that you’ll get evicted as soon as the temporary federal eviction ban ends? If you’re in need of serious legal advice, then it’s best to consult with an attorney. Every person’s situation is different, so finding a local lawyer should be your next priority. Utilize our lawyer search to get connected with a quality attorney who can help you before the federal moratorium ends.

This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.
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