LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Nevadans are bracing for the end of the eviction moratorium, which has now been extended through mid-October.
According to research organization Guinn Center, 118,000 to 142,000 households could be vulnerable to evictions. Below is basic information to help you navigate the process.
If you owe rent or backpay, after Oct. 16, your landlord can pursue a court order for evictions. This is enforceable for homes, apartments, hotels, extended stays and other properties where you have established residency and owe backpay.
Evictions cannot be carried out by your landlord -- only a constable can deliver a court order to force you to leave your property.
According to LACSN, rent must be on time and could be subject to penalty fees after the moratorium expires.
The Supreme Court of Nevada, with approval from Senate Bill 1, has launched a program for free mediation help for tenants and landlords, all to negotiate payments before any court appearance or eviction order. The phone number is (702) 455-3898. The email address is email@example.com. Video meetings are also available.
Representatives will provide mediation help and determine if the tenants are eligible for any state rental assistance programs. If a person is still waiting for unemployment payments, court officials will work with the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation for a prioritized payment, according to the Access to Justice Commission.
According to DETR, adjudicators will work with mediators if unemployment payments are a factor in non-payment of rent.
The court warns that eviction hearings will not be heard as quickly, due to a expected higher caseloads, and encourages Nevada residents to use the above mediation option.
The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is available to help people with tips to navigate the process and help you find options.
The hotline is (702) 386-1070.
WHAT CDC ORDER MEANS FOR NEVADA
Last week, President Trump issued another executive order to halt evictions nationwide. Across the country, legal experts are trying to break down what this means for all Americans, especially for those in Nevada.
The executive order gives power to the CDC to halt evictions to stop the spread of coronavirus. It's in effect through December 31 and applies to all 50 states.
According to the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, the order could potentially kick in and help Nevadans after the moratorium expires in mid-October.
But it would not help everybody. According to Legal Aid, the order says you can not make more than $99,000, you made the "best effort" to pay partial rent, you applied for all available aid resources, are in danger of becoming homeless and have submitted a federal "declaration form" from the CDC website to your landlord and a judge.
Legal Aid says starting in October, Nevada judges will have to address the federal orders in courts.
FOX5 reached out to the governor's office and the Nevada Supreme Court for clarification and comment.
WHAT TO EXPECT
If you believe you could face a court order, LACSN says to prepare for a seven-day notice to pay rent or quit.
You have the option to "file an answer" with your local justice court to get a hearing before a judge.
LACSN advises you to pursue that hearing. You can request from the judge more time to vacate, or request mediation with the landlord.
What can you realistically pay? LACSN advises you to consider if you can afford your current monthly rent, or any payment plans.
If you cannot afford the payment, be prepared to move.
Clark County passed an emergency order to help those who need a place to stay. The order bans discrimination based on source of income or eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senate Bill 1 was signed into law by Governor Steve Sisolak. It creates measures for mediation between landlords and tenants of public housing. LACSN is still working with the courts to find out how the mediation process could look like.
COURT NEEDS INTERPRETERS
Courts in Las Vegas are looking for interpreters who are interested in helping Nevadans through the mediation process. According to the courts, they're expecting 135,109 possible evictions after Tuesday.
Court interpreters help with potential agreements between tenants and landlords to divert evictions and keep people housed. Help is needed throughout the state, the courts say on the website.
Mediations will mostly be help over the phone or through video depending on the participants. The final process for mediation is still being ironed out, the courts said, but upon filing, a 30-day stay would become automatic and the participating mediators would be used on a rotating list.
Interpreters will be paid $25 per hour.
On Thursday, The Nevada Homeless Alliance invited attorneys, city leaders and affordable housing advocates to talk about the housing crisis during a virtual round-table discussion.
"I do believe it's going to be easier to help people in every other state but Nevada because in Nevada you don't have the due process of a hearing unless the tenant who receives an eviction notice initiates a legal proceeding against themselves essentially," said Bailey Bortolin with Nevada's Coalition of Legal Service Providers.
Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones said the county has been working to put housing first. Last month, commissioners passed a Source of Income Discrimination Ordinance. It prevents landlords from refusing to rent to a potential renter because of how they make their income. For example, if they're using Section 8 vouchers.
"It's already prohibited under federal law and many local laws to discriminate on the basis of race, disability, sex and other protections. However, a lot of times landlords will use the source of income as a pretax for discrimination on these other basis's," said Jones.