New state law could help protect tenants as CDC eviction moratorium comes to an end


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — When the CDC eviction moratorium ends on Saturday, July 31, Nevada residents who have not been able to pay their rent will be in a precarious position. They will no longer have that federal protection.

However, some renters could still be protected due to a state law that passed during the legislative session. In May, lawmakers passed AB486 which protects residents as long as they have applied for rental assistance and their application is in process. The bill says people can’t be evicted due to backlogs in aid disbursement. They also can’t be evicted if the landlord refused rental assistance.

In addition, a tenant can allege wrongful eviction if the landlord accepted rental assistance from the government and then evicted the tenant.

The CARES Housing Assistance, or CHAP, currently has 8,600 applications pending in Clark County, according to a statement from the county. Officials say more than 800 housing assistance applications are being processed each week.

More than $162 million in assistance has already been given to Southern Nevadans to help them pay for housing and utilities.

If you need housing assistance or legal guidance, here are some links to help you get started:

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