What to Know If You Are Facing Eviction in Nebraska

May 27, 2020

Nebraskans could soon be without a place to live as Gov. Pete Ricketts’ executive order to postpone evictions will expire on May 31. Officials from local non-profits say unemployment benefits might not be enough to keep people in their homes. 

Scott Mertz, Managing Attorney for Legal Aid of Nebraska, said cases have been filed and several eviction hearings have been scheduled for June 1 in Douglas County.

“It was always the case that evictions could be filed. The idea was if you were impacted by COVID, that the reason why you are getting evicted, the hearing just shouldn’t happen until after May 31. If you got a summons and you have a court date, you must understand, you may be put out on the day of court. There is nothing in the law that would stop that from happening,” Mertz said.

Metz said there are approximately 160 eviction hearings scheduled for June in Douglas County, but if more cases are filed it could create a backlog.

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