MARCH 30, 2020
Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a statewide eviction moratorium/ban. The directive will apply to the duration of the state of emergency.
Sisolak was joined with Attorney General Aaron Ford and State Treasurer Zach Conine to talk about housing stability amid the virus pandemic.
This directive is intended to keep people in their homes at a time when we are encouraging all Nevadans to stay at home,” Sisolak said on Sunday. “This is not the time to put people out on the streets. This is also not the time to evict small business owners who have been hit hard by the economic fallout of this pandemic.”
If you are unable to pay rent, Sisolak advised tenants to reach out directly to their landlords, property managers and lenders.
Sisolak said the state is prohibiting lock-outs, notices to quit or pay and eviction filings for as long as Nevada is in a state of emergency. It applies to both residential and commercial tenants.
This directive applies to those residing in extended stay motels and weekly rentals, according to the governor’s office.
Landlords can continue to evict dangerous tenants, who Sisolak said are those who pose a threat to other residents, the public or their property. “Dangerous tenants” does not include those who are self-isolating because they have been diagnosed with the virus or are healthcare workers or first responders who may be exposed due to their work.
“This does not constitute free rent or mortgage,” Sisolak said. The directive doesn’t end contractual obligations between tenants and landlords, property managers and lenders, he said.
Sisolak also warned landlords that they can not lock out tenants or put notices on the tenants’ doors and mailboxes to scare them into moving out.
According to Legal Aid of Southern Nevada, weekly motel residents — such as Budget Suites and Siegel Suites — are protected under the governor’s directive. Residents of hotels who have stayed at the facility for more than 30 days are also included under the order.