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Gov. Steve Sisolak said late fees, evictions and lockouts for non-payment of rent can begin again on July 1 for commercial properties and as soon as Aug. 1 for some residential properties.
For residential properties evictions can happen in August if the eviction process started prior to March 30. Those who have not been able to pay since the coronavirus pandemic began have until Sept. 1 or risk eviction.
“It is just as imperative today as it was when I signed the original directive to allow Nevadans to stay home and stay safe as much as possible, while also providing clarity and a timeline in which rental obligations must be met,” Sisolak said in a statement on Thursday evening.
In March, Sisolak announced a 90-day the emergency directive to put a moratorium on all evictions and foreclosures in Nevada.
Sisolak also said he is using $50 million of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to launch a rental relief fund for residential and commercial properties. Details on how to apply are expected to be released in July. Of the $50 million, $30 million is earmarked to help with residential rental assistance.
In the release announcing that evictions would start again, Sisolak encouraged tenants and landlords to work together with repayment plans. All past due rent is still due but late fees and penalties can’t be charged.
According to the new directive fees and penalties could be charged starting Sept. 1 but could not be charged retroactively.
The July evictions for residents is not to include people who have not paid rent but could be tenants who have a lease that has ended, have operated an unlawful business, are considered a nuisance or have violated the law.
“Now that our State has begun to reopen, I support Governor Sisolak’s new Directive and encourage landlords and tenants to work together to enter into repayment agreements as Directive 025 is phased in,” Attorney General Aaron D. Ford said in a press release from the state.
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