COVID-19 Information for Nebraska
The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.
State and Local Affiliates
Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.
State Legal and Regulatory Information
We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.
Nebraska is currently in Phase 4 of its reopening plans. Under Phase 4, indoor capacity is increased to 75 percent of its rated capacity, amongst other provisions.
Face Mask Mandate
Nebraska has not mandated the wearing of face masks.
State of Emergency
Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency on March 13.
Status: Eviction Can Resume (In Person)
Members can read more about the impact of the eviction moratorium in the Omaha metro area.
Executive Order 20-07 (Expired)
- Action: Governor Ricketts issued an executive order on March 25, 2020, implementing an eviction moratorium until May 31, 2020.
- Scope: Suspends the right of housing providers to proceed with an eviction action to terminate a rental agreement for unpaid rent that accrues on or after March 13, 2020.
- COVID-19 Related Impact Requirement: Yes. The resident must demonstrate to the property owner that he or she suffered substantial loss of income resulting from COVID-19 or the related state of emergency, such as job loss, reduction in compensated hours of work, closure of a place of employment; or missed work to care for a relative or a child due to notice from a school or a childcare facility that the child may not attend due to closure or attendance limitations related to COVID-19.
- Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes.
Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance
Nebraska Housing Developers Association has received a federal COVID-19 Relief Funding grant from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to provide housing assistance to families and housing providers impacted by the pandemic and recession. This project is supported by funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) from the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (CFDA Number 21.019).
If you or your family has been financially impacted by the pandemic due to a loss of job, loss of hours, or an inability to work due to a need to provide care to children or family members, or if you have significant healthcare costs, and you are behind in your rent or mortgage, you may qualify for housing assistance. Any Nebraska Resident who has unpaid rental or mortgage expenses from April 2020 through the end of the year may be eligible for assistance.
No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. There is no statute preempting local rent regulation.
Nebraska does not have statutory language regulating price gouging during declarations of emergency.
Local Legal and Regulatory Information
Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance
The city of Lincoln is set to receive $4 million in federal CARES Act funding to help individuals affected by the coronavirus put food on the table, make rent or mortgage payments, and pay utilities, according to Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird. $906,000 will be provided to individuals who meet eligibility requirements to make rent or mortgage payments, or to pay utilities.
A total of $100,000 of that amount is slated to go to child care workers. Along with the federal funds, the Community Action Partnership is contributing $350,000 for housing and utility assistance and the Lincoln Community Foundation is seeking funding from the state's Community CARES program, which is allocating $85 million to charitable providers across the state.