Tenants' Rights Program 

 

Volunteer Resources

 

Dear Volunteer,

 

Welcome to the Tenants’ Rights Program Volunteer Resources Page! On behalf of the San Antonio Legal Services Association (SALSA), we look forward to having you volunteer with our program. We appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to volunteer and provide legal representation to tenants, especially during this crisis.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing loss of income - reduced hours, furlough, and layoffs - so that even more members of our community will not be able to pay their rent.  Although local officials and HUD have delayed the legal eviction process, now that restrictions have been lifted, there we are anticipating a significant influx of eviction proceedings targeted at those who are most in need, but are unable to afford, legal services.  Because of the sheer volume of cases, traditional legal aid providers do not have the bandwidth to assist those facing homelessness due to non-payment of rent.    

The program's goal is for our volunteer attorneys to assist clients facing eviction due to non-payment of rent with navigating a resolution that provides the tenant a better outcome.  Depending on the circumstances of the case, the desired outcome may include:

  • avoiding eviction;

  • obtaining ample time for the tenant to move out and find a new place to live;

  • allow the tenant an opportunity to pursue prospective housing opportunities by ensuring that an eviction does not stain the tenant's record even if the tenant ultimately is forced to vacate their current living arrangement.

We encourage you to review the training materials we have provided in the links below. Our goal is to provide you all the tools and support necessary to succeed in your representation of the client. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance. Thank you for joining us in our mission to help tenants in need during these unprecedented times!​

Sincerely,​

SALSA Staff

TRAINING RESOURCES

 

OVERVIEW OF LANDLORD/TENANT LAW 

Training Video – created by Robin Eubanks, partner at Golden Steves & Gordon LLP, and David Denton, principle at the Law Office of David T. Denton, P.C. - this video follows the Tenants’ Rights Training Handout below.

 

Tenants’ Rights Training Handout - created by Robin Eubanks, partner at Golden Steves & Gordon LLP, and David Denton, principle at the Law Office of David T. Denton, P.C. - this handout is further explained in the training video listed above.

 

Tenants’ Rights Quick Reference Guide – a look at the law in conjunction with applicability to procedures in JP Court, authored by Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (TRLA) and adapted for volunteer use by SALSA.

Basics of Defending Evictions Presentation - created by Nelson Mock, TRLA Housing Attorney

CITY OF SAN ANTONIO RESOURCES FOR TENANTS

City of San Antonio Resources Page: If the tenant client is having trouble because of a lack of income, you may direct them to this page and have them look at the Housing options like rental assistance, Fair Housing and Emergency Assistance, and Utility Assistance. It’s good to familiarize yourself with what resources are available so that you can empower the client to take advantage of all available avenues for assistance.

 

TEMPLATES PROVIDED BY TRLA'S HOUSING TEAM, INCLUDING PRO SE EXAMPLES OF PLEADINGS

Motion for Discovery 

Pro Se Answer

ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCES

SALSA Case Completion Form

Bexar County Justice of the Peace Courts Info:

 

Precinct 1, Place 1

https://www.bexar.org/3148/Precinct-1-Place-1

Phone: 210-335-4500 (call between 8 am - 12 pm to speak to a clerk)

3505 Pleasanton Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78221

Judge Robert “Bobby” Tejeda

 

Remote Hearings: If the attorney is requesting a remote hearing in JP 1, the attorney can call the court to request a remote hearing. The court does allow Zoom hearings on a case-by-case basis.

Attorneys will be asked to send documentation before the hearing, including case number, attorney’s phone number and email address. The court will contact the attorney to provide a special Zoom number with 4-digit code set for a specific time.

 

Precinct 1, Place 2

https://www.bexar.org/3149/Precinct-1-Place-2

Phone: 210-335-4500 (call between 8 am - 12 pm to speak to a clerk)

3505 Pleasanton Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78221

Judge Ciro Rodriguez

 

Precinct 2, Place 1

https://www.bexar.org/3151/Precinct-2-Place-1

Phone: 210-335-4800 (call between 1:30 – 4:30 pm to speak to a clerk)

7723 Guilbeau Rd
Suite 105
San Antonio, TX 78250

Judge Roberto “Robbie” A. Vazquez

 

Remote Hearings: If the attorney is requesting a remote hearing in JP 2, the attorney can either fax or email the request for a remote hearing to the court. The fax number is (210) 335-4819, and the email is reneegarza@bexar.org (Renee Garza – Office Manager). The information that must be included in the request is:

  • The Case number;

  • Attorney’s contact information, including phone number, email address, and fax number;

  • What type of appearance the attorney is requesting (Zoom or phone conference, PLEASE NOTE THE JUDGE PREFERS PHONE CONFERENCES);

  • Include all documents that the attorney plans to file at the hearing.

  • The request should be made as soon as possible, but not less than 48 hours before the hearing.

*As a practical matter, the first docket opens at 9 am, each docket lasts 30 minutes, and the last docket of the day is at 3:30 pm.

 

 

Precinct 3, Place 1

https://www.bexar.org/3152/Precinct-3-Place-1

Phone: 210-335-4700 

320 Interpark Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78216

Judge Jeff Wentworth

 

Remote Hearings: If the attorney is requesting a remote hearing in JP 3, the attorney can either fax or email the request for a remote hearing to the court. The fax number is (210) 335-4705, and the email is jp3@bexar.org. The information that must be included in the request is:

  • The Case number;

  • Attorney’s contact information, including phone number, email address, and fax number;

  • What type of appearance the attorney is requesting (Zoom or phone conference). If the attorney is requesting a Zoom hearing, the attorney must provide the attorney’s own Zoom number (this may change once the court gets a better handle on its own Zoom options);

  • Include all documents that the attorney plans to file at the hearing.

  • The request should be made as soon as possible, but not less than 48 hours before the hearing.

*As a practical matter, on the date of the hearing, the Judge will likely hear all cases where parties are physically present before hearing remote cases.

 

Precinct 4, Place 1

https://www.bexar.org/3153/Precinct-4-Place-1

Phone: 210-335-4900

2711 S.E. Loop 410 South
San Antonio, TX 78222

Judge Rogelio Lopez

 

Remote Hearings: If the attorney is requesting a remote hearing in JP 4, call the court at least 24 hours before the hearing to request a remote hearing. The attorney can request the hearing by Zoom or by phone. The attorney will need to provide a good callback number so that the court clerk can provide the attorney with the Zoom ID number. The court requests that all documents for the hearing either be mailed or hand delivered to the court prior to the hearing.

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