Gov. Sisolak extends residential eviction moratorium

Published: Aug. 31, 2020 at 2:02 PM PDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2020 at 5:37 PM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KOLO) - Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Monday a 45-day extension to Nevada’s residential eviction moratorium which was set to expire Tuesday, September 1.

The governor spoke from the Grant Sawyer State Office Building in Las Vegas.

The governor said he put the residential eviction moratorium in place because it was safer to keep Nevadans in their homes rather than make emergency shared housing or shelter arrangements, which could increase the risk of spread.

“Nevada still has elevated COVID-19 transmission risk,” the governor said. “Including in Clark and Washoe, our largest two counties. The directive I’ll be signing to extend this moratorium seeks to maintain public safety during COVID-19 as Nevada transitions to programs that protect landlords and tenants.”

He said the directive will allow counties to pay out short-term rental assistance to landlords, provide the courts more time to implement the newly-created residential eviction mediation program and develop electronic filing options, and allow the State to continue making progress on reducing the backlog of unemployment claims.

The governor made clear that the extension does not change any obligation for a tenant to pay rent.

The governor also said, in light of this extension and in an effort to provide more relief to tenants and landlords who are struggling to make ends meet by paying rent or mortgage payments, he is earmarking an additional $10 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds toward the short-term rental assistance program.

Watch his full address here:

Governor Sisolak news conference

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Posted by KOLO 8 News Now on Monday, August 31, 2020

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