There are still actions tenants can take to stay housed, even though the CDC eviction moratorium has expired.
Apply for CHAP
Due to a new state law, any tenant who has a pending rental assistance application through CHAP (CARES Housing Assistance Program) and has responded to eviction notices should be protected from eviction while funds are processed to their landlord. If you've already applied for CHAP, go into your account to verify that all of your information has been provided and is up to date. Be sure to monitor your account and email closely for messages. Click here to apply or check your account.
Answer Eviction Notices
File an answer with the court for any notice you receive. Even if you've given a CDC declaration, 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. Other tenants can use the program to prepare their forms and email them to the court. Click here to get started (select “SUMMARY EVICTION: Tenant’s Answer”).
Update the Court
Tell the court that you have a pending CHAP application when you answer eviction notices or appear in front of the judge. Also let them know if you've been approved by CHAP but your landlord has refused the money or isn't cooperating.
At any stage of the eviction case, if you're given the opportunity for mediation, say "yes!" If you aren't given the option, ask the judge to send the case to mediation. Requesting this free service in your Tenant’s Answer can delay your eviction hearing 30 days so a mediator can help you and your landlord work things out.
You can get help through Legal Aid Center’s eviction prevention hotline at 702-386-1070 or in person at the Civil Law Self-Help Center in the Regional Justice Center (200 Lewis Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101). More resources are available at www.lacsn.org/covid-19.
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