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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
Do you have a written lease for a set term? If not, do you have anything in writing where the landlord agreed to let you stay until September?
If he said to vacate by May 1, that means April 30 is the last day you're allowed to be in the house. Without a written contract, what you have is a month-to-month lease, which means that either of you can terminate at any time on 30 days notice. Tex. Prop. Code, Section 91.001. Your right is to be given that notice. The statute unfortunately doesn't require that notice be in writing or mailed, so a text will meet the requirements.
This is true even if you'd discussed staying longer, unless you could prove that you had an agreement that you'd stay. You can use text messages as proof that you have a binding agreement, but they have to show a meeting of the minds. If you stay past May 1 and he sues for eviction, you'd have the burden of proving an agreement that you could stay longer.
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That would be binding as long as you're paying rent for the right to stay there. However, you may also need to produce some evidence showing you told them when graduation would be.
It's illegal for them to change the locks or turn off the utilities to get you to leave. They have to get a court order, which can take a few weeks.