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If you’re at risk of being evicted, be sure to follow all of these steps in order to be protected under a new state law meant to help Nevada tenants stay housed:

Apply for CHAP Rental Assistance

Due to a new state law, any tenant who has a pending rental assistance application and has responded to eviction notices should be protected from eviction while funds (up to 15 months of back rent) 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 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. Other tenants can use the program to prepare their forms and email them. Click here to get started (select “SUMMARY EVICTION: Tenant’s Answer”). 

Put Your CHAP Status in Your Response

Tell the court that you have a pending CHAP application when you file your Tenant’s Answer and if you 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. 

Choose and Keep Up With Mediation

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. Be sure to respond to the mediator’s communications, attend mediation, and attend any court hearing.

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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