Gov. Sisolak speaks on eviction moratorium in Nevada, lenders announce mortgage forbearance

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Posted at 3:20 PM, Mar 29, 2020

UPDATE 11 P.M.: Gov. Sisolak has signed a new emergency directive putting a moratorium on evictions during the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, for both residential and business tenants.

“Thousands of Nevadans are wondering how they will make rent or pay mortgage next week,” said Sisolak.

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Sisolak made it clear that this is not "free rent," and that the goal is to make sure everyone can continue practicing social distancing without worry.

Sisolak says you must work with your landlord during this time on a solution that works, including repayment plans.

“This is not the time to put people out on the streets, which would only result in an increased risk of infection,” says Sisolak.

State Treasurer Zach Conine also announced an agreement for a 90-day grace period on mortgage payments and late fees.

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Conine says lenders will figure out a plan with borrowers that will not impact their credit, but they need to reach a mutual agreement.

“We’re doing everything in our power to make things a little bit easier and to make sure when Nevada gets back to work, it gets back to work stronger than ever,” says Conine.

State Attorney General Aaron Ford says there have already been landlords who have been “inflexible” during this time.

“My office has received many complaints and were frankly bullied by their landlords, including a 71-year old-woman who was wrongly threatened with eviction,” says Ford. “Fortunately our office was able to help her stay in her home, but these types of action are unacceptable and have forced the state to take action."

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While tenants may now be able to get a break, attorney Al Lasso says the rent will be due eventually, and that folks should start the conversation now.

“Let them know, I may not be able to two maintain his building for the garbage, for the water, unless we work something out and come to an agreement,” says Lasso.

The state has also set up this website for anyone looking for resources or has questions during the coronavirus pandemic.

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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Governor Steve Sisolak will be joined by Attorney General Aaron Ford and State Treasurer Zach Conine to discuss measures related to housing stability and COVID-19 on March 29 at 3:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building.

Watch the the full briefing below: