LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Governor Sisolak says he is issuing an emergency directive that extends the state eviction moratorium for two more months, meaning it will come to an end at the end of May.
“Originally, I did not plan on extending this moratorium today, but I’m not going to put thousands of Nevadans at risk of losing their homes while funding exists to help them and the landlords,” Gov. Sisolak said.
During the news conference, Governor Sisolak was joined by:
- Shannon Chambers, President of the Board of Directors from Home Means Nevada
- Kevin Schiller, Assistant County Manager for Clark County
- Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro
- Speaker Jason Frierson
On Monday, the CDC extended the federal eviction moratorium through June 30. According to the Governor’s office, the goal of the State extension is to allow for the counties and courts to offer faster help in the forms of eviction mediation or rental assistance when notices are filed.
Shannon Chambers from Home Means Nevada says the Renter Connect website has a vast amount of resources for tenants and landlords on rental assistance. It also offers mediation for landlords and tenants under the state’s rental moratorium.
According to Gov. Sisolak’s Twitter page, ‘Clark County is working on a process to prequalify tenants and landlords for rental assistance so that by the time of mediation or court hearing, timely payment of rental assistance can resolve the case. But more importantly, if the landlords are paid now during this pause.’
The funding allocation in Clark County to support the programming is $161 million, Kevin Schiller, the assistant county manager of Clark County said. According to Chambers, between Oct. 2020-Dec. 2020 a total of 1,300 cases were processed through program.
Schiller says there are changes in rental assistance program’s eligibility requirements that occurred at end of Dec. going into Jan. People need to get applications in or update them, here.
The state moratorium will not be extended past the end of May, the governor’s office said.
“Our State is currently going through a largescale transition period as we continue to navigate the ever-evolving pandemic and subsequent crises. Kids are back in school, we are in the process of transitioning mitigation authority to local governments, and people are heading back to their workplaces. The transition process for each of these areas has been strategic—and Nevada’s housing situation is no different. We must transition out of our eviction moratorium, but do so in a way that protects tenants and landlords to the greatest extent possible.”Gov. Steve Sisolak, D-NV
The Governor said he made the decision to extend the current eviction moratorium at the state level in order to give the counties, specifically Clark County, the courts, and other stakeholders much-needed time to develop and implement procedures and processes to get rental assistance funds to landlords on behalf of tenants and ramp up the eviction mediation program.
The Governor’s Office says it has been working closely with the courts, State housing, stakeholders, and Clark County to develop this plan.