LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — While some tenants may breathe a sigh of relief, property managers and landlords in Southern Nevada are concerned about the eviction moratorium being reinstated.
“I have landlords who have a ton of anxiety about how to pay their mortgage because they haven’t had rent payments,” said Danielle Gallant of Guardian Realty.
Gallant is no stranger to what both her landlords and tenants have been dealing with since early this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While Gallant wants her tenants to be safe, she also needs to keep her landlords afloat.
“Landlords have lost their jobs and they have to use their savings to keep a roof over their head, said Gallant. "And then the tenants haven’t been paying."
“They’ve exhausted all of their resources," she added. It’s gone.”
The CARES Housing Assistance Program, also known as CHAP, is trying to change that. Statewide, there’s $100 million worth of aid to renters.
Gallant says despite assistance programs, the process has been challenging in the past as some tenants didn’t have the technology to participate.
“It was up to the tenants to apply rather than coming to the landlords and saying what is the best way to get this money to the tenants who need it,” says Gallant.
Nevada State Treasurer Zach Conine says getting through this pandemic includes making sure landlords are being paid.
CHAP is available to landlords in addition to renters.
“There’s not just a portal for tenants to apply, but Clark County has added the functionality for landlords to apply if their tenants haven’t been able to do it,” said Conine.
Treasurer Conine says the PETS Grant has helped thousands of landlords so far during the pandemic.
Landlords can also take advantage of the Eviction Mediation Program to resolve rent issues.
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