Keep In Mind

  • Appealing allows a tenant additional time to stay in the rental unit, but it also costs money. To see examples, read I was evicted; Should I appeal?
  • Even though the Statement of Inability form can waive the court fees to appeal, filing this form requires the tenant to pay rent into the court registry.
  • There are court deadlines. If the tenant misses a deadline, the landlord can ask for a Writ of Possession. This means law enforcement can remove the tenant’s belongings from the rental unit.

For More Help

  • The Austin Tenant’s Council offers telephone counseling on housing issues 512-474-1961 Monday through Thursday from 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm, and Friday from 9 am to noon www.Housing-Rights.org. No legal advice can be provided.
  • Volunteer Legal Services (VLS) helps low-income people with family law and other civil legal problems. Get free advice about your case from a volunteer lawyer by applying online at www.VLSOCT.org/get-help/. General Law applications open Mondays at 9am and close on Wednesdays at 5pm, or when they reach capacity.
  • Click here to download the full kit brochure & forms
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