County to host housing resource forum for those facing eviction

Eviction notice served during the coronavirus pandemic
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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones is co-hosting a housing resource forum on Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Susie Lee, Nevada Assemblywoman Brittney Miller and officials from the Legal Aid Center of Southern and Clark County’s Social Service Department to help people understand their legal rights regarding evictions and rental assistance. The discussion will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Desert Breeze Community Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Road.

With the expiration of the state’s eviction moratorium last month and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ending June 30, local and state leaders, the courts and other organizations launched the Southern Nevada Eviction Prevention Program to provide free legal help and resources to residents facing eviction.

Tenants who receive an eviction notice are advised to promptly file a response with the local Justice Court identified on the notice and select mediation in their response. Responses may be filed online or via email with some courts. Tenants also may file responses in person at court or at one of several Legal Aid Center outreach events.

Filing a response with the court will trigger additional review by Clark County, which will have a case worker reach out to the tenant, guide them through the County’s CARES Housing Assistance Program application process and connect them with other resources if necessary. As with other CHAP applicants, tenants facing eviction will be required to provide financial and other documentation and meet strict income limits. For more information about CHAP visit CHAP.ClarkCountyNV.gov.

Landlords who participate in the eviction prevention program receive the back rent owed to them in return for agreeing to drop the eviction proceedings and promising not to evict the tenant for non-payment of rent for the following 60 days. Landlords also have the legal right to refuse to participate in the program and move forward with eviction proceedings.