Eviction

A notice to vacate is posted on an Austin home in 2018.
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The Texas Supreme Court is letting its ban on eviction proceedings expire today, meaning that starting tomorrow there is no longer a state ban on a landlord’s ability to evict a tenant.

An eviction notice is posted on a home in Southwest Austin in 2018.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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Los inquilinos de Austin que hayan sido afectados por las consecuencias financieras del COVID-19 tienen 60 días para pagar la renta atrasada una vez que sus caseros comienzan a amenazarlos con desalojo. 

An eviction notice is posted on a home in Southwest Austin in 2018.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin tenants affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic have 60 days to come up with owed rent once a landlord starts threatening eviction.

Cherie Little and Steven Kresena stand outside their apartment in South Austin.
Michael Minasi / KUT

It’s a hell of a time to try and open a restaurant.

That’s what Steven Kresena was thinking last week as he watched Austin Mayor Steve Adler order all restaurants and bars to close to diners in an attempt to stall the spread of the coronavirus. Kresena had just inspected the tile in his new restaurant, Ovenbird, which was set to open on South Congress this month.

Lynda Gonzalez for KUT

Austin is a city of renters: 55 percent of households here rent. The number drops slightly when you look at Travis County. That got KUT’s Audrey McGlinchy wondering: How common are evictions?

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

David Jones has been renting his apartment in North Austin for four years. He's grown an impressive herb garden on his front porch: Rows of parsley, oregano and thyme line one side. He’s a veteran on a fixed income, and his housing story hasn’t been an easy one.

“In 1999, I was renting a house here in Austin,” Jones said. “I came home on a Friday evening, and there was a notice to vacate – eviction notice – on my door. I panicked, and I moved all my stuff by that Monday.”