LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Thousands of renters facing uncertain times amid the pandemic might be wondering how Governor Steve Sisolak’s latest eviction moratorium can protect them from eviction if they can’t pay rent.
Attorney Jim Berchtold with Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada said there are some differences with this moratorium compared to the one signed by Sisolak earlier in the year. The newest moratorium will protect certain tenants through March 31, which goes beyond the CDC moratorium which expires Dec. 31.
Berchtold said it’s important for tenants to understand the new moratorium has qualification requirements.
“This one is not automatic. Only certain people qualify for its protections,” he said. “The person has to be unable to pay rent due to some COVID related reason. They have to make less than $99,000 per year in 2020 and they have to be at risk of homelessness, or forced into a group living situation, if they are evicted.”
Berchtold also said it is imperative that Nevada tenants fill out the CDC declaration attesting they are eligible for the moratorium and then give the signed declaration to their landlord.
“Obviously a tenant should keep a copy for themselves and keep some proof of how the declaration was delivered to their landlord.”
That signed declaration will be needed later, if a tenant ends up facing eviction. This is a link to download the CDC declaration.
Berchtold also advises any tenant who receives an eviction notice for non-payment to respond to that notice by filing with the court.
Additionally, evictions can still take place if tenants conduct unlawful activity or become a nuisance.
Clark County’s CARE Housing Assistance Program, or CHAPS, can help with rental assistance.