Eviction ... Got default judgement at County court(for 106 & 107 = 239 ruled), So how much time avail for defendant to vacate?

Asked over 1 year ago - Dallas, TX

The defendant appeal as pauper for non payment of rent and jp court case sent to county court for trial de novo ..during the appeal , defendant neither paid rent nor file the answer at court. So county court closed the case and default judgement issued.
My questions are:
Is county court judgement is final ?
How much time is there for defendants to vacate apartment?
Can defendant go for STAY Order/ drag the case again?
Can we request for writ of possession immediately?

Attorney answers (2)

  1. Walter Wilbur Beuhler

    Contributor Level 14


    Lawyer agrees


    Answered . Under the facts briefly presented - technically it sounds like the appeal was dismissed b/c the tenant/defendant failed to perfect the appeal. So the JP Judgment became final and the file will/should be returned to the JP to issue the Writ to be served by the constable.

    Ask the clerk of the court (JP and/or County Clerk) when they will issue a Writ of Possession. They should be able to let you know the procedure and costs.

    BTW- If the Judgment is large enough and/or you think the tenant/defendant may have non-exempt assets now or in the future, you may consider requesting an Abstract of Judgment and filing that in the County Deed Records.

  2. Richard Kurt Arbuckle


    Contributor Level 19

    Answered . The order is final 30 days after entry, unless it is appealed or a motion for new trial is filed. Once it is final you can get a writ of possession immediately. Defendants do lots of things to drag cases out. Sometimes it works.

    This is not legal advice. You should always discuss the specifics of your issue in person with an attorney. Be... more

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