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Clock ticking on eviction moratorium expiring in Nevada

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Posted at 9:20 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 19:51:18-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nearly three months ago, Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an emergency directive putting a moratorium on evictions during the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, for both residential and business tenants.

Now, the clock is ticking to see if that moratorium expires on June 30 or continues.

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A Las Vegas attorney says it’s unknown if June 30 will be the definitive expiration date because Nevada is still in a state of emergency.

“The issues are similar across the board,” says Thomas Fell, attorney. “It’s not forgiven, the only thing Gov. Sisolak prohibited was the collection of late fees and other penalties”

Attorney Thomas Fell says Gov. Sisolak’s words made months ago, that rent is still due, remain.

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As for property management and landlords, they have rights moving through the moratorium.

“They’re looking at it from a business standpoint, its all economics and they’ve got lenders to answer to, banks have to approve what they’re doing,” says Fell.

Fell says for them, one eviction doesn’t necessarily mean a financially stable tenant would move in after.

He advises conversations on payment plans between both parties are beneficial for everyone, and a mediator for those discussions could also be involved.

“We don’t know sitting here today whether or not June 30 will be the expiration or if the governor will extend based on the declaration of emergency,” says Fell.

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13 Action News reached out to Gov. Sisolak’s office to find out if that moratorium will be extended, but we haven’t heard back.