TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas – While many Texans are expected to receive $ 600 as part of the recently passed COVID-19 stimulus package, that is not realistically enough to make a month’s rent or mortgage payment for most people in central Texas cover up.
It will take several months for COVID-19 vaccines to become widely available in the state, and the situation in Austin-Travis County is deteriorating as hospital stays put the region on the cusp of a transition to level 5 of Austin Public Health’s color coding COVID-19 policy diagram.
With this in mind, Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Andy Brown have extended evacuation protection until February 1, 2021.
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☝️ Landlords must submit a proposed eviction notice 60 days in advance of an eviction notice. This gives tenants additional time to pay any overdue rents, fees, or other fees due on or before February 1, 2021.
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Brown Saturday tweeted, “This week I signed an order extending the measures to protect tenants from eviction until February 1st. For the first time in Travis County, this arrangement extends not only to residential tenants, but also to bars, restaurants, music venues, & daycare. ”
It is important to note that the order does not forgive debts like overdue rents, but rather gives people more time to pay them off.
You can find more information about the process here.