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Clark County offers new eviction prevention assistance program as end of moratorium nears

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Posted at 11:44 PM, May 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-21 01:35:07-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A heads-up for landlords and renters was given by local leaders on evictions in Southern Nevada amid the pandemic during a Thursday afternoon press conference.

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State, county, and other Las Vegas leaders revealed their Southern Nevada Eviction Prevention program to help lower-income families who are facing eviction.

Officials said the program could help qualifying households prevent a pending eviction by paying up to 12 months of back rent and providing legal advice and mediation between tenants and landlords, as the eviction moratorium is set to expire at the end of the month.

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County officials say such collaboration has not existed before to tackle eviction concerns. Approximately 9,000 applicants are currently in the queue for rental assistance and officials say the next round of distributions will cover about $160 million in funds.

Representatives with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada also spoke Thursday. They shared some pointers for tenants that included giving their landlord the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declaration form and apply for rental assistance.

And if an eviction is served, tenants need to respond to the notice and seek mediation. The nonprofit legal center said it will have outreach programs as well.

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Approximately 4,000 cases were stayed or halted in Las Vegas courts when the state eviction moratorium took effect in December 2020, according to officials.

Representatives said they did not know Thursday how large the surge of eviction cases would be in the Las Vegas courts once the moratorium ends.

Officials say they wanted to make it clear: Nevada’s eviction moratorium expires at the end of the month. The CDC’s federal eviction protection expires on July 1 and the eviction process can begin but tenants can’t be kicked out yet if they’ve filled out the CDC declaration form.

The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada said it will have services available for those who speak Spanish.

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