New Nevada law to give tenants facing eviction more time to pay rent

 In Nevada, tenants threatened with eviction for falling behind on their rent are required by law to initiate their own court case if they want a hearing. If a landlord is the first to file once an eviction notice for unpaid rent expires, the courts will grant the eviction by default.

“I would argue there are glaring due-process issues, along with fair-housing issues, with that process,” said Deborah Thrope, supervising attorney for the National Housing Law Project in San Francisco. “It shouldn’t be an issue of who can get to the courthouse quicker.”

From 2014 through 2018, Las Vegas Valley constable offices received eviction orders to carry out at more than 99,000 homes, apartments and hotel rooms, according to a joint analysis of government records by the Review-Journal and Brown University researcher Eric Seymour. In other words, roughly three-in-10 renter households here faced a court-ordered eviction during the past five years.

Those tenants encountered one of the nation’s fastest eviction processes for nonpayment of rent, according to a Review-Journal survey of housing attorneys from every state. Even with reforms taking effect Monday, falling delinquent – the most common reason for eviction in the U.S., experts say – can put a Nevadan on the street in as little as 15 days once their rent is overdue.


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