LAS VEGAS (AP) — State officials in Nevada have reminded residents that federal rental protections remain in place through the year as the state moratorium on evictions expires.
The moratorium prohibiting evictions is set to expire Oct. 15.
But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a federal eviction moratorium through the end of December, making it illegal for landlords in the United States to evict tenants who cannot pay rent.
If eligible, renters can invoke the protections only by giving their property manager or landlord a signed CDC declaration form stating they are unable to pay their rent, have tried to get rent assistance and attempted to pay partial rent payments.
Residents also must state if they received a stimulus payment or will earn less than $99,000 this year and that eviction might leave the tenant homeless.
Landlords are not required to notify tenants of the order, but must comply with its requirements. They could face fines up to $500,000 and jail time if the order is violated. It is unclear at what point in the process a landlord would be held in violation.
Nevada Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission Director Brad Lewis said “each case will be independently reviewed and decided by the judge of jurisdiction.”
The order does not protect from eviction tenants who take part in criminal activity, threaten other residents, damage property or violate their lease in a way unrelated to rent payment.
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