The COVID-19 pandemic and crushing winter storms have left many tenants facing enormous stress and lots of questions.
Here are Some Good Resources:
- Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid has a hotline open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday: (888) 988-9996 or (210) 212-3700 Getting assistance is not guaranteed, but bilingual (English and Spanish) staff are available to answer the phone and review eligibility as intakes are conducted over the phone. All services are free to the public.
- Click here to go to TRGLA disaster resources page.
- The City of San Antonio’s website also has resources about tenants rights here.
- Bexar County has a Self-Help Information Packet that you can read online or print at this link.
- Rental Assistance - The Salvation Army assists individuals and families who are struggling to pay their rent. We are often able to assist those facing eviction.
- SAMMinistries - Offers rental assistance, utility support and long-term housing assistance.
- Call 211 or go to this page on the city’s website if you need rent and mortgage help or emergency housing assistance
- San Antonio Neighborhood & Housing Services Department can answer some questions. Call 210.207.5910
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can your landlord just call you up one day and say, “Hey, I need you to be off my premises in about three days!”
A: From the TRGLA site: If your landlord terminates your lease and you do not want to leave, they must still go through a formal eviction process before they can kick you out.
Also, the City of San Antonio requires landlords to give tenants a copy Notice of Tenants’ Rights be attached to every Notice to Vacate.
Q: My landlord wants me to move because the weather caused my pipes to burst, how soon do I have to be out?
A: From San Antonio’s Tenants’ Rights: First, the landlord must file a Notice to Vacate, and give you a copy of your Tenants Rights. After the Notice to Vacate has been delivered, the landlord may file a suit in a Justice Court. The Justice Court will set a date for the hearing which is usually within 21 days of the filing. The Court will notify you in writing of the date you must appear.
Q: My landlord called me and told me he has renters who are going to pay him more, but he gave me 30 days to move out, he is willing to break my lease for me, do I have to move?
A: Call Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid at 210-212-3700 and ask for the legal department. This service is free.
Q: What can I do if my ceiling fell in from a busted water pipe from the apartment above my apartment and ruined 75% of my property?
A: From the TRGLA site: Your landlord isn’t responsible for loss or damage to your personal belongings. You should contact your renter’s insurance agency if you have one. You may also be able to get FEMA disaster assistance to replace damaged personal property.