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kleinbl00  ·  745 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Houston's Apartment Evictions are Mounting

    After receiving an eviction notice, tenants often decide to leave their homes before even going to their own eviction hearing, tenant attorneys said. That is partly because in Houston there is no legal defense for unpaid rent. Defendant tenants who can’t pay at least one month’s rent into the court registry automatically lose.

    “These cases move very fast,” said Houston attorney Velimir Rasic, who is representing Ms. Mitchell in her eviction case. “If you don’t appeal within five days there is no further recourse.”

I don't use the phrase "Dickensian" often.