Our families need fundamental things to thrive; one of these fundamental things is a home. In the state of Nevada, there are two ways families are forcibly removed from their homes; through a summary eviction or a formal eviction. Summary evictions are done with notices on a family’s door and are done legally bypassing the court system. Formal evictions go through the legal system, however, landlords almost never use this form of eviction since it would cost them money. Nevada is the only state in the United States that allows summary evictions.
Summary evictions aside from bypassing our legal system it also causes damage and tension within our family dynamics. The uncertainty that our families face with these types of evictions causes not only a toll on the heads of households but also on our children, who are already experiencing a global pandemic. What we need isn’t more evictions or a longer moratorium; what our community needs is a bold policy to protect tenants and their families.
The housing moratorium in Nevada comes to an end on March 31st at the end of this moratorium, thousands of families will be at risk of eviction. This pandemic has left Millions without jobs, without income, and without protections for their homes. Allowing the accumulation of rents only digs a deeper hole that our families have to ‘find a way’ to get out of at the end of this moratorium.
In a time where the CDC recommends that our communities stay home to stop the spread of a deadly virus, our state has allowed the eviction process to continue despite cries from the community for further assistance. We, along with our community, are asking our state legislators to listen to the community and take immediate action to protect tenant’s rights above the interests of corporations. You can make your voice heard this legislative session by submitting the form below; all responses will be submitted to the state legislature’s website.
Make your voice heard Here.