Has your tenant failed to pay their rent or otherwise violated the terms
of their lease agreement? If so, you may be able to seek to have your
tenant evicted. Texas has strict laws for
evictions that must be followed closely, involving several court procedures and
To evict a tenant, a landlord must:
1. Serve a Notice to Vacate: A written notice to vacate the premises must be served to the current occupants.
Once this notice is delivered, a landlord must wait three days for a response
before taking further action.
2. File an eviction suit: If no response is received, a written petition for eviction can be filed
with the court. The tenant will be served with a citation informing them
of your intent to evict. A trial date will be scheduled.
3. Go to court: Both the landlord and the tenant must attend the scheduled court date and
plead their case. All relevant documents showing a tenant’s failure
to pay or breach of their lease agreement must be brought and presented.
If a tenant fails to appear, the landlord will most often be granted a
4. Writ of Possession: If a landlord prevails in court, the tenant will be given five days to
submit an appeal. If this time period passes and the tenant still has
not vacated the premises, a landlord can file for a Writ of Possession.
This is a written order to the police to place you in possession of the
property. A Writ of Possession will instruct your tenant or tenants to
vacate your property within two days.
This process can be extremely stressful and confusing, making it extremely
important that you retain the services of a highly trained attorney who
can guide you through the appropriate legal channels. A lawyer can improve
your chances of collecting the money you are owed and can ensure that
your rights are protected every step of the way.
Have a Noncompliant Tenant? Call (817) 285-8017
If you are a landlord in Texas looking to evict a non-paying tenant, a
Fort Worth consumer collections lawyer from The Pritchard Law Firm can protect your rights and assist you with
seeking an eviction. Our firm’s highly skilled attorneys have more
than 45 years of successful legal experience and are prepared to use their
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