The Attorney General’s office has issued guidelines for landlords emphasizing that they aren’t allowed to issue any lockouts, notices to vacate or pay or initiate any evictions against tenants during the pandemic shutdown.
The only exceptions, according to the sheets that were
issued Thursday in both English and Spanish, are in cases who seriously
endanger the public or other residents, engage in criminal activity or cause
significant damage to the property.
“Landlords may not use coercion, duress or intimidation with
tenants,” the sheet says, “this includes but is not limited to threatening to
evict a tenant the day the moratorium is lifted or coerce or induce a tenant to
pay rant by using economic impact checks or anyo ther source of income.”
The guidance sheets were issued to spell out the
requirements and prohibitions contained in Gov. Steve Sisolak’s emergency
directive signed March 29.
The guidelines also landlords must still perform
maintenance, repairs on the property.
It also prohibits rent increases, new or increased fees
during this period.
It says, however, that the prohibitions do not relieve any
tenant of the obligation to pay rent or comply with other obligations contained
in a lease, rental agreement or mortgage.
It urges tenants and landlords to negotiate payment plants
within 30 days of the termination of the governor’s directive to make up missed
“Landlords may discuss options with their tenants and tenants may voluntarily make partial payments toward their rent obligations, but repayment agreements are not enforceable until after the termination of the directive.
Violations, according to the guidelines, “are deemed to be
using coercion, duress or intimidation” — all crimes under state law.