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.
Shelter in Place
No statewide Shelter-In-Place order for the state of Nebraska.
State of Emergency
Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency on March 13.
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
No statewide emergency rental assistance for Nebraska.
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.