LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Centers for Disease Control has extended the national ban on evictions through the end of June. The current ban was set to expire in two days.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed an extension further preventing the eviction of tenants who are unable to make rental payments.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to the nation’s public health. Keeping people in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings — like homeless shelters — by preventing evictions is a key step in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Walensky in a statement.
The moratorium applies to most tenants and allows people to remain in their homes, even if they cannot pay rent right now, but it isn’t something that automatically happens. In order to qualify you have to make less than $100,000 a year, show COVID has impacted your income, prove you have nowhere else to go, and sign a declaration and give it to your landlord.
The executive director of the Nevada State Apartment Association says the best thing you can do as a tenant is talk to your landlord about making payments when you can.
“I think communication with your landlord is imperative, it is crucial,” said Susy Vasquez, Nevada State Apartment Association. “We want to know whether or not you’re going to be making a rent payment, because right now if we haven’t heard from you, we’re assuming that you’re not.”
Nevada’s state level eviction moratorium, which provides basically the same protections — expires Wednesday. A spokesperson for Governor Sisolak says his office has not determine whether or not to extend the state’s moratorium, but the federal one pretty much covers it.
There is also money available from Clark County for those who need help paying their rent. It’s called the CHAP program.
Reminder, all of the back rent will eventually have to be paid.