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Flood of rental assistance, eviction bans not enough to resolve some Nevada housing conundrums

May 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
In many cases, tenants approved for the program — including Catala — have found their landlords decline to accept the money, sometimes because of a condition that landlords must not immediately evict the tenant after receiving the funds.

Demolition of 70-year-old church adds to a history of vacant lots in the Historic Westside

April 25th, 2021 - 2:00am
From the infamous waves of demolitions of the Moulin Rouge Hotel and Casino, the first racially integrated casino in Las Vegas, to the quiet removal of less flashy community landmarks, seeing buildings that hold historic and emotional value to residents get reduced to dust have left many with feelings of resentment and skepticism toward the city.

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Blame for death of affordable housing bills falls on special interest groups, lack of legislative prioritization

April 20th, 2021 - 2:00am
Though a majority of the bills surrounding tenants’ rights and evictions survived the first legislative deadline in early April, a cluster of affordable housing measures that supporters emphasized would give local governments more tools to address the housing crisis ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Builders, affordable housing advocates clash over bills that could increase fees for developers

April 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
Against a backdrop of increasingly unaffordable housing options, two measures heard at the Legislature on Tuesday highlighted the deep divide between developers and affordable housing advocates.

Lawmakers step back from plan to abolish rapid summary evictions, instead aim to study issue

April 6th, 2021 - 9:33am
She likened the summary eviction process to tenants having to sue for the right to defend themselves, and said by the best estimates of process servers, only 10 percent of tenants served such notices fight back.

Bill giving tenants more notice before increased rent openly embraced; landlord registry receives less enthusiasm

April 6th, 2021 - 2:00am
But on Monday, both housing advocates and landlords said they support proposed legislation that would give renters more of a heads up on rent increases, even as there was a less warm reception for a bill that would create a statewide landlord database and registry.

Removing sunsets on affordable housing tax credit program provides one step to addressing housing crisis, lawmakers say

State Senator Julia Ratti speaks with Secretary of the Senate Claire Clift
April 1st, 2021 - 9:30am
Developers looking to build affordable housing have to layer federal funding with other financing solutions, Ratti said, explaining that SB284 — heard Tuesday in the Senate Revenue and Economic Development committee — would provide another layer of support to the proverbial lasagna that is Nevada's affordable housing market.

Bill proposing property tax floor increase receives icy reception

March 31st, 2021 - 2:00am
The Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) brought forward SB10, heard Tuesday in the Senate Revenue and Economic Development committee, to address local government shortfalls stemming from unexpected dips in property tax revenues.

Sisolak extends state-level eviction moratorium for 2 more months; federal protections last for 3

March 30th, 2021 - 3:20pm
Sisolak announced the move in a virtual press conference on Tuesday. He framed it as a way to allow time for backlogged rental assistance programs to disburse federal funds allocated to help tenants rather than sending unused money back to Washington D.C.

Bill giving tenants more rights to reclaim their security deposits draws flurry of landlord criticism

March 25th, 2021 - 2:00am
SB218 comes on the heels of a previous tenants’ rights measure Ratti sponsored in 2019 — SB151 — that capped late fees landlords could charge. That stirred up a hornet’s nest of opposition from groups including the Nevada Association of REALTORS, and Ratti said it prompted some landlords to retaliate by eliminating grace periods for late payments and inventing new fees.

Tens of thousands of rental assistance applications in Clark County backlog as eviction moratorium expiring

March 19th, 2021 - 2:00am
Two weeks before the expiration of a statewide eviction moratorium, Clark County says it has more than 17,000 applications for rental assistance money still waiting to be processed.

Indy Explains: Housing affordability and lack of supply

March 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
Advocates, real estate agents and developers have turned their eyes to Carson City, with representatives for each group saying that lawmakers’ decisions this session will have long-term implications for the future of Nevada’s housing market.

Bill to give tenants more notice before evictions faces pushback from landlords who say it makes renting unviable

March 5th, 2021 - 2:00am
The discussion, which laid bare starkly different visions of how the state should be intervening in housing policy during the pandemic, comes at a time when home values are at record highs and homes are in short supply.

Southern Nevada apartment rents up, vacancies down in 2020, despite economic toll of pandemic

Signs advertising townhomes
January 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
Southern Nevada apartment rents increased significantly in the last quarter of 2020, rebounding from a decline earlier in the year and surpassing pre-pandemic highs, according to a new report from the Nevada State Apartment Association (NVSAA).

As time ticks on current relief, Las Vegas judge blocks Sisolak's attempt to label evictions 'non-essential'

December 5th, 2020 - 2:00am
The state is anticipating a flood of evictions after the first of the year when the federal eviction moratorium and CARES Act — which has provided millions of dollars in rental assistance — expire.

Federal moratorium isn’t enough to prevent some evictions in Nevada

November 17th, 2020 - 2:00am
While a statewide eviction moratorium lapsed in mid-October, Gov. Steve Sisolak has said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s moratorium should help families still on the brink of losing their homes. But many evictions are taking place anyway, amid what appears to be a difference in opinion between courts and tenant advocates over how broad the CDC moratorium’s protections extend.

Through new online system, Las Vegas residents facing eviction can defend selves without trip to court

October 29th, 2020 - 10:58am
The tool provided by the Las Vegas Justice Court allows people who have been served an eviction notice, but can’t pay the rent that’s due or otherwise address the underlying reason for their eviction, to file an answer in court. A tenant filing an answer triggers a process that results in a court setting a hearing date on the eviction.

With state eviction order lifting, what protections do tenants have and how can they use them?

October 15th, 2020 - 2:00am
Gov. Sisolak, at a press conference on Wednesday, pointed to the CDC moratorium as his response to Nevadans fearful that the end of the state directive might mean they’re booted from their homes. And he said he didn’t plan to extend the parallel state protections, saying doing so would be “duplicative.”

State leaders: Eviction aid could evaporate before worst of housing crisis hits Nevada

October 9th, 2020 - 1:28pm
“There won't be as much use this fall for the eviction program because of the presence of the CDC moratorium ... and come January, there'll be no moratorium but there'll be no money to be able to handle eviction mediations,” Hardesty said. “That seems to me to be a problem.”

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