Texas Supreme Court halts residential evictions

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AUSTIN, Tex. (KXII) - The Texas Supreme Court issued an emergency order Thursday halting most residential eviction proceedings through April 19.

The order allows for new filings but states no trial, hearing or other proceedings can be held until after April 19.

An exception will be allowed if the court finds the tenant poses an imminent physical threat to the landlord or is conducting criminal activity.

"This decision by the Texas Supreme Court offers a lifeline to many Texans who are beginning to feel the economic impact of COVID-19," said Texas Governor Greg Abbott. "Temporarily suspending residential eviction proceedings will provide Texas whose personal income has been affected by the spread of the virus with greater flexibility to meet their housing needs and provide for their families. I thank the Texas Supreme Court for its swift action on this matter."