If you’re at risk of being evicted, be sure to follow all of these steps to be protected under a state law meant to help Nevada tenants stay housed:
Apply for Rental Assistance
Due to a new state law, any tenant who has a pending rental assistance application and has responded to eviction notice(s) should be protected from eviction while the rental assistance application is being processed. Click here to view up-to-date information on rental assistance programs.
Answer Any Eviction Notices You Receive
Even if your landlord tells you not to worry about it, even if you plan to move out—it doesn't matter! You must file an answer. Las Vegas residents can prepare and file answers to eviction notices online. North Las Vegas and Henderson tenants can use the program to prepare their forms and then file the answer in person at the justice court in the city they live in. Click here to get started (select “SUMMARY EVICTION: Tenant’s Answer”). If you don't file an answer in response to an eviction notice, you'll be evicted without a court hearing.
Put Your Rental Assistance Status in Your Response
Tell the court that you have a pending rental assistance application when you file your Tenant’s Answer and at any hearing that is scheduled. Also, let them know if you've been approved for rental assistance but your landlord has refused the money or isn't cooperating.
Attend Your Eviction Diversion Meeting
Starting February 2023, the Las Vegas Justice Court will automatically divert elderly and disabled tenants on a fixed income who received a rent increase in the last twelve months to a new eviction diversion program prior to holding a court hearing. The program is also available to tenants with a one-time financial hardship (e.g., emergency vehicle repairs) and are no more than two months behind on the rent.
Plan on attending the diversion meeting at the scheduled time. Clark County Social Services will be present and may have funds to help you pay your back rent. A representative from Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada will also meet with you to review your eviction case and help you prevent the eviction, if possible.
Enrolling in the program is automatic as long as you meet the eligibility criteria and include the information in the Tenant’s Answer. This program is only available to those with nonpayment of rent eviction notices. If you live in North Las Vegas or Henderson, the eviction diversion program is unavailable to you, but you can still apply for assistance at Clark County Social Services' website at https://chap.clarkcountynv.gov.
You can get help in person at the Civil Law Self-Help Center in the Regional Justice Center (200 Lewis Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101). You can also access the information and forms free of charge online at www.civillawselfhelpcenter.org. More resources are available at www.lacsn.org/covid-19.
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