How else are you going to get them out? I am not an attorney, but here is a very quick overview of the process. Process is typically pretty simple. First you have to give them notice to vacate in the appropriate method tied to your lease and/or the JP court. Typically you can post a 3 day notice on the back of the door or give it to them in person. Some people like to mail it return receipt, but this takes longer and is not required. Some people give a notice PAY or QUIT, but many JPs are moving to wanting you to give the tenant UNCONDITIONAL notice.....that means QUIT only---VACATE only not Pay or Quit. Once the three days has passed , you go to the JP court that has jurisdiction. Typically they'll want you to fill out a pretty simple form about the property your name, the tenant's name etc. and pay your court fee and service fees. They'll serve the tenant with notice of the eviction hearing. This again is typically pretty quick something like 5-10 days. Then you go to court. Even if they are out you still go to court. Typcially tenant does not show up. If they don't you should win with only a couple of questions by the judge. If they show up then the judge will typically ask why they are there and if they have paid rent. When they say no they haven't paid, the judge will then ask you a couple of qq and find in your favor. In the eviction I think you can only get unpaid rent and court costs. If you want damages then you have to go to small claims court in another case. If you want to act quickly during the case you should ask judge if you can post bond for immediate possession (something like $1000). Some JPs have a form for this some don't. If you do this you can get the property back as fast as 24-48hrs. The court has to serve the tenant the eviction and normally will give them 24hrs to get out. If they're not out then you can go with the constable to force them out. Typically you need movers to clear the house and the constable will inventory the contents. If you don't file the bond, then you may have to wait several more days before you can get posession...maybe 5-6 days instead of 24-48hrs. You'll probably be shocked at how fast the trail goes...I think my last one lasted about 1-2mins. If you can't take off work to go to JP court to file and attend the case there are sometimes eviction services around that can do it for you. I think here in the Dallas area they only charge about $100 to do this, plus your court costs. Good luck. I don't think the law requires it, but JP may ask you for a copy of the vacate notice, a copy of the lease, and proof of payments made or not made. I'm not sure how you prove they didn't make payments (although I think I have a solution). If you can have all of these it can help your case, but I think the law only requires the sworn statement of the landlord.