Legislation to Seal Pandemic Eviction Records Passed by Nevada Assembly; Faces Pushback from Landlords, Property Owners
LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, the Nevada Assembly last week approved a bill on a vote of 26-16 that will seal records of evictions that occur during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the passage of Assembly Bill 141, tenants who have received summary evictions from their landlords or property managers for non-payment of rent for the duration of the pandemic will automatically have the records of said evictions automatically sealed. As a result, any landlord in the future would have no way of knowing of their prospective tenant’s history of rent delinquency, up to and including having been evicted.
The bill would cover the period of time beginning March 20, 2020, and will remain in effect until Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak calls an official end to the state of emergency brought about by COVID-19.
Renters across the state have rejoiced at the news of the bill’s passage, with Tiara Moore, Housing Justice Organizer with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), saying that it will help residents to find housing without being burdened by their pasts.
“The passing of AB141 is a start in the right direction to help Nevadans facing housing insecurity,” she said. “For many, a single eviction is enough to keep a family housing insecure and reliant on others to find a place to stay for years. This would break down that barrier for Nevada’s tenants who have had to endure one of the hardest economic crises in our lifetime.”
Assembly Bill 141 also represents yet another distinct disadvantage for landlords who have already been forced to shoulder many burdens throughout the pandemic due to multiple state and federal eviction bans. Prior to the bill’s passage in the Assembly last week, it faced steep pushback from property landlords and owners.
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