You are here

COVID-19 Information for Nevada

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.

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.

Reopening Order

Nevada is currently operating the state’s recovery on a county by county basis, rather than a phased response. Most recently, Gov. Sisolak has signed Executive Directive 033, which has increased indoor gatherings from 50 to 250 people.  

Face Mask Mandate

Governor Sisolak ordered the face covering of any persons in public spaces over the age of 9. This order is in effect until rescinded. 

State of Emergency

Governor Steve Sisolak declared a state of emergency on March 12, 2020.

Eviction

Status: Eviction Cases Can Resume   

Emergency Directive 031 (Expired) 

  • Action: Terminated Emergency Directive 025 and prohibits the initiation of a nonpayment of rent summary eviction action through service of a pay or quit notice through October 14, 2020. 

Emergency Directive 025 (Terminated by Emergency Directive 031)

  • Action: On June 25, 2020, Governor Sisolak issued and new order modifying the state’s eviction restrictions. Beginning August 1, 2020, housing providers may file for lease violations outside of nonpayment using a 5-day notice to cure followed by a 5-day unlawful detainer. Additionally, filings for nonpayment will be allowed in cases where residents default on payment plan arrangements, provided the governor’s form or other acceptable form is used and is an addendum to the lease agreement. Starting September 1, 2020, filings for any nonpayment of rent can be filed and late fees may be charged on future rent. Any evictions currently stayed will need to be re-served unless the resident in question responded to the initial notice.

Executive Order (Expired)

  • Action: On March 24, 2020, Governor Sisolak issued an order establishing a statewide eviction moratorium through June 30, 2020
  • Scope: No lockout, notice to vacate, notice to pay or quit, eviction, foreclosure action, or other proceeding involving residential or commercial real estate based upon a tenant or mortgagee's default of any contractual obligations imposed by a rental agreement or mortgage may be initiated under any provision of Nevada law.
  • Exceptions: Excludes evictions that predate the March 12 State of Emergency declaration.
  • Additional Commentary: The State Supreme Court has issued an order in response to the Governor’s action conforming court operations to the order. The Court’s order “makes provision for the justice courts to reject certain filings—a provision deemed necessary for them to efficiently implement Directive 008.”    

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

On April 7, 2020, Nevada Attorney General authorized the transfer of $2 million to the United Way of Northern Nevada and United Way of Southern Nevada to provide direct rental assistance to families facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Additionally, the Nevada State Treasurer’s Office is working on coordinating a statewide rental assistance program to help residential and commercial tenants, with the goal of having the residential program up and running by mid-July and the commercial program shortly thereafter.

The program will be funded with $50 million of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds, with $30 million earmarked for residential rental assistance and $20 million set aside for the commercial rental relief program.

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Nevada is a Dillon’s rule state, meaning all authorities granted to local government are determined by the state government. See American Legislative Exchange Council for more details.

Price-Gouging Law

Nevada does not have statutory language regulating price gouging during declarations of emergency.

Business Liability Protections

On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, Gov. Sisolak established protections for businesses against civil liability. Under the rules, businesses are protected against civil liability claims resulting from customer or employee exposure to COVID-19 while on premises if the business follows applicable federal, state, and local safety guidelines. 

Local Legal and Regulatory Information

Henderson

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

The City of Henderson announced a partnership for HopeLink of Southern Nevada to offer housing assistance to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Henderson CARES Housing Assistance program (Henderson CHAP) is for those who suffered "substantial financial hardship" due to COVID-19 and have limited income or resources to pay for housing. The program is modeled after a similar program offered by Clark County.

City officials designated $1 million in coronavirus relief for the assistance. The funds will be administered by HopeLink of Southern Nevada.

The assistance will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis via a call center. All those seeking assistance are encouraged to call in order to receive funds.

According to the city's website, the following criteria must be met in order to apply:

  • Henderson, NV resident
  • Demonstrated financial impact due to COVID-19
  • Household income cannot exceed 120% area median income

More information on the program is available online. To find out if you qualify, call HopeLink at 702-566-0567.

Back to top

Las Vegas

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

The city of Las Vegas Housing Assistance Program will provide short-term assistance to city of Las Vegas residents experiencing housing insecurity due to COVID-19-related loss of income. Assistance will be provided for up to three months of reasonable rent/mortgage and be paid directly to the landlord or mortgage company on behalf of eligible program participants.

Back to top