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I need to file an appeal for an eviction case. I'm having an

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I need to file an appeal for an eviction case. I'm having an issue with how to fill it out, Who or what is the "surety"?
JA: Where is the property located?
Customer: Houston,Texas
JA: Has any paperwork been filed?
Customer: On my end no
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Today is the last day to file this appeal
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
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Expert:  Ely replied 1 month ago.

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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Surety is a case appeal bond that the appealing party pays. The Court normally sets an appeal bond at about 2 to 3 times the monthly rent. You can check with the clerk to see what amount has been set.

One can either pay cash up front (full bond amount), or, use a surety (pay a pre-approved company to promise to pay the bond if needed).

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I just added the appeal bond I need to send in today. Can you please inform me on how exactly to fill this out?
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Also the judge did not say anything about what the surety might be, however, because I am two months behind right now I am assuming that the surety would be the amount due already.
Expert:  Ely replied 1 month ago.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
All I need to know is do I put the amount that needs to be paid to the appellee in the surety line. And what are they referring to in the liabilities section on the second page? Is that my debts?
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
last question: After filling these out, I then hand deliver one copy to the appellant, and to the court?
Expert:  Ely replied 1 month ago.

Ah, okay.

"All I need to know is do I put the amount that needs to be paid to the appellee in the surety line."

I think you mean "$___, and surety and appellee..."

As stated, the Court pre-sets this amount. You can check with the court clerk to see what amount has been set. You can just call them. They normally would have this information.

"And what are they referring to in the liabilities section on the second page? Is that my debts?"

Yes. You will see mortgage, etc listed out, but you are also expected to fill out whatever is not included, if it exists.

"And last question: After filling these out, I then hand deliver one copy to the appellant, and to the court?"

Correct.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Ok, the surety is going to be me. I'm just buying more time to pay is all. So I should fill out the Oath of Surety as myself?
Expert:  Ely replied 1 month ago.

That form assumes that a surety would be used. Normally, another form can be used if available or the appeal is simply drafted from scratch. Forms are simply commonly used pleadings reduced to boilerplate documents.

As such, someone in your situation may want to draft from scratch, or if set to use this form, to simply put N/A where the surety is mentioned. The Court may seek clarification on this, however.

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