Welcome to the Kazi Law Firm! We are a boutique law firm steeped in Texas tradition personifying the warmth and congeniality consistent with southern hospitality. We believe in preserving integrity and professionalism with true Texan charm, staying true to our roots, while providing essential, affordable legal services to all. Located just north of Dallas, Texas in the rapidly growing suburb of Frisco; the Kazi Law Firm concentrates on contracts drafting and review, immigration law, will & estates, real estate law, landlord, tenant, mediation, and general business law needs.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Friday, September 25, 2020 that Texas will be using $171 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to provide financial and legal aid to renters facing eviction throughout the state. The vast majority of that money — $167 million — will go toward rental assistance. Another $4.2 million will be used to fund legal services for Texans.
Governor Abbott’s office also announced that the state is creating the Texas Eviction Diversion Program, which will coordinate state agencies, local governments and nonprofits to help renters avoid evictions and catch up with missed rent payments. Although the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development needs to approve the funding, the state estimates that the money will be available by the winter holidays in communities with existing rental assistance programs, and by the start of 2021 in the rest of Texas.
Since the pandemic began in March, more than 3.5 million Texans have filed for unemployment, and staying current on rent has become the chief concern for Texans who have lost their jobs. According to a survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, 36.8% of Texans said they were “very likely to face eviction or foreclosure in the next two months.” Data from the Princeton-based research center, The Eviction Lab, shows that eviction filings have increased in some of Texas’ largest cities since a statewide moratorium ended in mid-May.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new nationwide eviction moratorium earlier this month that will last until December 31, 2020, with the possibility of being extended.
Texas’ most populated cities and counties have created similar rent-assistance programs, mostly using CARES Act funding. For example, San Antonio offered residents $50.3 million for rent and legal assistance, which city officials expected to be tapped by the end of this month. Since then, the city has added $24.1 million to the program, which is expected to last until mid-December 2020. In Houston, the first round of a $15 million rental assistance program was drained in 90 minutes. Since then, the city announced a new $19 million program.
I built my law practice on the premise of being a life raft in a sea of sharks. I want to be an advocate for those that have been wronged and are too intimidated to seek help. My firm is here to explore your options, guide you through your legal journey, and give you that safe space to ask questions! There’s no such thing as a stupid question…Only the ones you don’t ask. So, my question to my clients is not “do you have any questions?” But rather “what questions do you have?”
As always, the Kazi Law Firm is standing by to help you in your time of need. Don’t hesitate to contact us today. We specialize in real estate law, landlord-tenant disputes, immigration, and wills & estate planning. Family is at the core of our practice. Just as we treat our family with respect and understanding, we treat yours. Come join the Kazi Law Firm family today!
Why swim alone in shark-infested waters when you don’t need to?