LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A home near Jones Boulevard and Hacienda Avenue sits vacant. Inside, there is trash on the ground, house fixtures ripped out, profanity scribbled on walls and cigarette butts in the toilet.

"It gives me a knot in my stomach. I don't even want to see what it looks like," homeowner Dawna Priest said.

Priest purchased the home in 1998. Since 2004, she has rented it out.

"Being a single woman and buying a house by myself it was really special to me," Priest said.

For the last five years, the same renter has lived in the home. Priest said pre-pandemic she never had any issues with the tenant. Then, last March they stopped paying rent. Rental assistance finally arrived through the CARES Act Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) in December.

However, in the New Year, the same problem persisted. Priest said she was willing to work with the renter, but there was no communication. Struggling financially and unable to evict under the moratorium, Priest decided she would sell.

Priest, who lives in Virginia, planned on retiring in the home one day.

The renter refused to leave. The landlord said she finally filed an unlawful detainer and the renter moved out last month. On their way out, the tenant left the house trashed. They even moved the refrigerator so it blocked the staircase half way up.

"Most of our move outs have been the worst we've ever seen,” NARPM Southern Nevada President Joshua Campa said.

Campa is a broker and president of the local chapter of the national property manager's association. He said this is far from an isolated incident, and it's caused by the COVID era renting rules.

"Once you negate one aspect of the contract, the tenant thinks it’s free game. They're like, ‘we don't have to listen to any of the other rules anymore,’" Campa said.

Campa said many people are taking advantage of the renter protections. According to Campa, most people that really need the financial assistance, because they are having financial struggles are communicative with property managers.

“The people who didn’t pay at all and destroyed property, it appears those are people that took advantage of the system, because they never reached out to us,” Campa said.

Regular inspections also haven’t been possible, because of the pandemic.

for sale

For sale sign is seen in this undated file photo. (FOX5)

"What these people were able to do to my house, because of all the moratoriums, it’s crazy,” Priest said. “Now I'm left with $8,000-10,000 in damages."

The Nevada eviction moratorium ends May 31, which means the court process for evictions can begin, but can’t take place until the federal moratorium expires June 30.

Recommended for you

(7) comments

GaiusGracchus

I'm a Democrat and neither I nor any other democrat I know believes the eviction ban is a good thing.

In fact, the eviction ban was instituted under the Trump administration. Or did you folks conveniently forget that?

And Nevada's governor has no control over the federal deadline - did you read the article? Nevada is trying to allow evictions earlier but the federal deadline supersedes that.

See article after article where Trump extends the eviction bans - like this one:

https://therealdeal.com/2020/09/01/national-eviction-ban-extended-through-december/

LOL - you guys are a trip - blaming Dems for this. Ridiculous.

ChickTract Fillet

Everybody on my street is a renter and if its as torn up as my community is, I'm not surprised.

jeezlouise

This is how Communism works- the government makes it impossible for homeowner to evict and the homeowner has to sell to the giant corrupted corporation like Zillow or HUD takes it. The Communist Democrats are trying to stop people from owning property with these illegal mandates. Watch how many foreclose soon and then Corps from California buy it all up- we will ALL have to rent. If they cant take your house, they will raise your property tax to 100% of the value of the home. In NY Principle and Interest is $2000.00- the property tax is $1500.00 per month. Sisolak is a Communist destroying Nevada for residents. The CDC doesnt make laws!

GlWd

I hope to be long gone by then. :-)

qwerty123

Actually the form of government you describe is called a Corpocracy and it is something we should remain vigilant against. Write to your representatives and get them to strengthen controls on corporations and put the teeth back into the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.

vegasdawn

This is because of Sisiolak's ruling. Democrats are evil and do not care about owner's rights.

GlWd

That's right. Landlords are being ignored and nobody's doing anything about the deviates taking advantage of the system. This is what makes rents go up and finding decent rentals harder. I wouldn't be a Landlord here for anything. What a mess!

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.