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Property Law Issues During COVID-19

House & Apartment

Help with evictions, foreclosures, utilities, and more during COVID-19

Evictions and COVID-19

The Supreme Court of Texas has issued a series of emergency orders to help give struggling tenants time to find rent assistance before they get evicted. See what this might mean for you.  

Also see the following: 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

Many lenders are allowing borrowers to postpone mortgage payments through forbearance. Talk to your loan servicer about these options. Borrowers with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgages may be entitled to limited forbearance upon request.

Learn more about mortgages and foreclosures during COVID-19 here

Utilities During COVID-19

Call 211 or go to Help for Texans to search for local programs that can give emergency utility assistance. Select "Utility Bill Payment Help" and enter your city or county at the bottom of the page.

See Help with Utilities During COVID-19 for more information on assistance programs and how to work with your utility provider to stay connected.

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.