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A "Notice to Vacate" is not an eviction

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The Texas Supreme Court has suspended non-criminal evictions until April 30, 2020. However, it is still possible for a landlord to send a renter a "Notice to Vacate." It is important to understand that notice is not an eviction and does not require you to leave your home.
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An eviction is a legal process where a landlord removes a tenant from a rental property. Many evictions happen because the tenant has not paid rent.

A "Notice to Vacate" may be the first step in that legal process, but receiving that Notice does not require you to leave your home. Even if the Notice sets a deadline of a certain number of days to vacate, that deadline cannot be enforced, because an eviction must take place by court order.

If you receive a "Notice to Vacate," you do not have to leave the property. If you are unable to pay rent, talk to your landlord. They may allow for payment arrangements. You may also call the attorneys at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid for help, at 1-888-988-9996.

For more details, see this information sheet from the City of San Antonio. Although some details on that sheet only apply to the City of San Antonio or Bexar County, it does offer helpful explanations.


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