One family said they were evicted from their home even after the Texas Rent Relief Program informed them that the rent they owed had been paid.
Cherice Scott said she and her husband requested the program and informed their owners of the Seville at Clay Crossing Apartments in Katy, a town west of Houston.
Scott told Fox 26 Houston that she was alerted on September 15 that her landlord had been paid the rent arrears.
But she said she continued to receive notices that the family would still be deported.
“They kept telling me to ignore them, and that’s what I did,” Scott told the station. “This shows that on September 15th an electronic payment was sent to them and they continue to say it was not.”
Scott said she arrived home on October 5 to find her family had been evicted.
She recalled her terror that her family would be left homeless. “I have four kids and it’s all about them. I’m sorry, I’m still trying to deal with it all,” she told the station.
Her daughter Jasmine added that what had happened was “quite heartbreaking”.
“It was kind of a kick in the stomach, because it was kind of like, what did we do to deserve something like that, you know? Uh, that hurts a lot,” he said. she declared.
The family are currently staying in a hotel, but have no idea where they will go next.
Scott’s attorney, Sarah Doezema, of the Earl Carl Institute at Texas Southern University, said she was pursuing legal action against Scott’s owner.
“We’re going to do everything we can for them to make sure we pursue all legal remedies against this resort for what they did,” Doezema told Fox 26.
The Texas Rent Relief Program (TRRP) aims to help tenants in Texas pay their rent and utility bills, including overdue ones, to avoid evictions, housing instability and financial hardship. due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the program’s website, landlords cannot receive TRRP funds for rent and then pursue eviction related to the period covered by those funds, except “for actions or lease violations related to criminal activity, property damage or physical damage to others. “
The Earl Carl Institute, the Texas Rent Relief Program and the apartment complex were contacted by News week for comment.
Tenants facing eviction can seek free or low-cost legal assistance at stoptxeviction.org, texaslawhelp.org, or by calling the Texas Legal Services Center at 855-270-7655.