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Re: Small Claims Court - Jursidiction
on November 10, 2017 @17:44
Okay, you have not served them in Texas, is that correct? You have served them in Tennessee, is that correct?
If you have no personal service of the former tenants in Texas, than all you can get by default is possession of the rental property. In order to be awarded damages, the former tenants must be personally served in Texas.
If you have them personally served in Tennessee, without a court ordered judgement for damages from Texas, you most likely have no legal grounds to file in Tennessee for damages in Texas. This is maybe why the former tenants filed for dismissal, as the court has no jurisdiction.
If by some circumstance you are incorporated, you would have to be registered in Tennessee to proceed in court.
Without a judgement for damages in Texas, you just might be wasting your time and setting yourself up for a costly experience.
My personal believe is that they will be granted the dismissal.
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