El Paso County Official Warns of ‘Eviction Tsunami’
Thousands of residents in the Borderland have lost their jobs during the pandemic, and that means the ability to pay rent has been greatly impacted. There is an eviction moratorium though that has helped those who have struggled to make ends meet. However, that moratorium is set to end coming up in January and El Paso County Commissioner David Stout warns that an "eviction tsunami" could be on the horizon. Stout said:
I could imagine many folks who are in over their ears and once the moratorium is lifted, I'm sure we are going to see landlords gong to court to evict people if they aren't able to pay. And it's not just one months rent, it's a number of months rent that they will probably be on the hook for.
If you are one of the thousands that are concerned about being able to pay your rent, there are Texas based programs coming in to help. CLICK HERE to head to a website that will help you learn your rights and point you in the right direction to get help. The website is a group effort between Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Texas Legal Services Center, Lone Star Legal Aid, and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. Everett Saucedo, who is a lawyer with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid said:
What it's intended to do is to enable a person who is representing themselves to be able to do that adequately on their own without the assistance of an attorney.