Here’s How To Get Help If You’re Facing Eviction In The Dallas Area
Partner Mark Melton spoke with The Dallas Morning News about the work he has done with the Dallas Evictions 2020 campaign, which is a team of lawyers who are volunteering to offer free legal help to people who fear they may be forced out of their homes. Many renters already are getting evicted because they don’t know what protections they have, said Mr. Melton. Renters have had a “patchwork” of protections to keep them housed during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a national eviction moratorium that was implemented in September by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
For the CDC order to apply to them, tenants must sign declarations and give them to their landlords. They also must meet income criteria and make efforts to apply for rental assistance. “If the tenant doesn’t do that, then the eviction can move forward,” Mr. Melton said. “If you don’t know, then you’re just getting evicted. People are getting evicted every week in Dallas because they just don’t know.”