New CDC Order Offers Temporary Protection From Evictions Through October 3rd
August 4, 2021
Note: The CDC order has been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court as of August 26th, 2021. Please see our Spotlight post on the Supreme Court's ruling for more info.
On August 3rd, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new order [PDF] that offers protection from evictions for nonpayment of rent for tenants who meet certain qualifications. This order is active in counties with "heightened levels of community transmission" and is intended to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the new Delta variant. The order is effective through October 3rd, 2021, and has the potential to be revised or extended past this date.
87th Legislative Session Recaps Now Available!
August 20, 2021
The legislative recaps for the 87th Texas legislative session are now available on our site! After each session concludes, many news organizations, nonprofits, state agencies, and other organizations publish summaries of how the new legislation affects various issues. It's a great way to sift through bills you may have missed and get an overview of the successes and failures of each session. This collection also includes recaps of previous sessions, starting with the 83rd session in 2013.
We will update this page as new recaps are published, so be sure to check back!
US Supreme Court Strikes Down CDC Eviction Moratorium
August 27, 2021
The United States Supreme Court has issued a ruling [PDF] striking down the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's nationwide moratorium [PDF] on evictions of residential tenants in counties with high levels of COVID-19 transmission. The CDC's order was set to expire on October 3rd but is no longer enforceable after the Supreme Court's ruling. This is a developing story, and we'll update you with any additional information that may affect Texas tenants.
Tenants who were previously protected under the CDC moratorium from evictions due to nonpayment may now be at risk of eviction. If you're facing eviction or think you may be at risk of an eviction suit in the future, you may want to review our resources for finding help and information on the eviction.
How to Find New Texas Laws in Effect September 1st
August 31, 2021
New laws often take effect on September 1st after a legislative session ends. This year 666 bills were passed during the 87th Regular Session that go into effect on the 1st of September. Here's a quick primer on how to find these new Texas laws and a look at several new laws that have been in the news lately.