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My daughter and son in law worked and lived at a ranch in

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My daughter and son in law worked and lived at a ranch in Texas for 2 and a half yrs. A new mgr took over and abolished his job and said they had a week to leave the ranch. They have no place to go and are frantically looking but have horses, goats dogs and 3 kids on Medicaid, ages 5, 2.5 and 2 months. They received an eviction notice typed out on a letter head from the banker that is the trustee of the ranch saying they need to be out in 3 days or the elec and water will be turned off and they will have to pay $100 a day to live there. They want out badly but just need a little more time to place animals, and get help moving. Is this legal? They did not go thru the courts for the notice. Is there any law that allows them more time to leave? It just seems wrong and is a case of big money vs the little guy. But with kids on welfare, maybe this means they need more time. How can they kick them out on the streets> Thanks, ***** *****(###) ###-####
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Some of what he is doing is legal, and some is not.

The family were essentially tenants for as long as he was working there. Once he was let go, then they ceased being tenants. And unfortunately, he only has to give them a 3 day notice.

However, he cannot turn off water/utilities if they overstay. If they overstay and he has to evict via the court, he has to keep the water/utilities on. This is because they then become tenants at sufferance. This is a weak type of tenancy where they are not supposed to be there, but have remained there after a lease expired pending eviction. The landlord still owes a duty of habitability, meaning that he cannot turn off utilities required for living.

The Court can evict them, however. If he files in Court, then they will have 2-3 weeks before a hearing, and then possibly a few more days before the Sheriff comes out. If they appeal the decision, then they can buy themselves 1-3 months even. However, they will normally have to put down a bond as part of the appeal.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
NO where did you mention e kids, they are ok to be tossed out in the streets? Are you sure you are looking at Texas law? Thanks, Jill
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

Hello Jill,

Thank you for your follow up. Yes, this deals with Texas law. Texas landlord/tenant law is under Texas Property Code Chapter 92, which you can access HERE. I am afraid that it does not give special consideration to tenants with minors, individuals on Medicaid, or seniors. So my answer does stand as is.

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