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Some landlords got a piece of Texas’ $2 billion in rent relief money — and evicted their struggling tenants anyway

It’s unclear whether landlords face any penalties from state agencies for improperly evicting tenants while receiving rent relief dollars intended to help those tenants stay housed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cherice Scott McKinney with three of her four children at a park in Houston on March 14, 2022.
Six-year-old Teegan McKinney plays at a park in Houston on March 14, 2022.

“The industry standard here is fraud.”

— Stuart Campbell, Dallas Eviction Advocacy Center
Cherice Scott McKinney at a park in Houston on March 14, 2022. McKinney moved her four children to a rental property over 30 miles from her Katy home after being evicted.
Stephanie Gates was evicted in January after applying for rent relief at the property manager's urging. The property owner cashed the check after she had been kicked out. March 16, 2022.

“I was a good tenant”

“Tenants are still the ones holding the bag”

“It takes away your pride”

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