COVID-19 Update (July 2020)

Tarrant County Face Covering Requirements:

On June 25, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitely issued an Executive Order requiring employees and visitors to businesses in Tarrant County wear face coverings.  This order is in effect until August 3, 2020.  Failure to comply may result in a $1,000 fine per occurrence.  AATC members are encouraged to comply with this order and require their employees, residents, and prospective residents to wear face-covering when performing activities that involve close contact with co-workers or the public.

CARES Act

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act established a 120-day moratorium (through July 24, 2020), which prohibits certain property owners with federally backed mortgages or loans and landlords that participate in housing voucher programs from filing non-payment of rent evictions, as well as collecting late fees. The CARES Act further requires owners to provide the resident with a 30-day notice to vacate.  Evictions in which the residents pose a threat or other conduct related evictions may proceed.

Tarrant County Evictions:

On May 14, 2020, the Supreme Court issued a new order as it pertains to Eviction cases, which states the following: beginning May 19, 2020, eviction proceedings may resume and deadlines are no longer tolled and beginning May 26, 2020, warnings may be posted and writs of possession may be executed. For eviction proceedings filed from March 27, 2020, through July 25, 2020, a sworn petition containing “a description of the facts and grounds for eviction” required by Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 510.3(a)(2) must state that the premises are not subject to the moratorium on evictions imposed by Section 4024 of the CARES Act.

Rental Assistance Programs

AATC is partnering with the cities of Fort Worth and Arlington, as well as, Tarrant County officials to create a COVID-19 rental assistance program. These rental assistance funds are limited and are available to assist with rent payments for renters directly impacted by COVID-19.  Rent payments will be made directly to landlords—not the residents.  Landlords and renters access these monies based on where their property is located as follows:

Arlington:  https://www.arlingtontx.gov/city_hall/departments/housing_authority

Fort Worth:  http://fortworthtexas.gov/neighborhoods/covid-19-relief-funds/

All Other Tarrant County Cities:

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