Evicted, Despite a Federal Moratorium: ‘I Do Not Know What I am Going to Do’
Ron Scapellato, 54, a Clark County owner with 50 units and an air conditioning business, said he soured the moratorium after seeing some tenants spend their stimulus checks on new TVs rather than paying off the rent. His mortgage and other bills kept piling up, he said, so he went to court. “I understand they don’t want to kick people out, but I also want my rent,” he said.
The extension could still face legal challenges. In June, the US Supreme Court questioned whether the CDC had the power to issue such a broad national warrant.
The federal moratorium having technically expired for a few days, some owners have carried out evictions.
Hours before the White House reprieve, sheriff’s deputies arrived outside Hope Brasseaux’s home in Columbus, Georgia, to implement a deportation order issued a month earlier. Ms Brasseaux, an unemployed waitress, received only 12 hours’ notice. She applied for help with her monthly rent of $ 700 in the spring, but the government portal says her application is still under review. “I wish it had happened a day sooner,” she said of the two-month extension by the Biden administration.
Evictions in Nevada are designed to go faster than in most states, with tenants in debt typically having seven days to pay what they owe or move out. Unique to the state, it is the tenant’s responsibility to bring a legal challenge, which can put the process on hold, but many residents are unaware of this.
Most evictions don’t go to court, said Ms. Bortolin of the Nevada Coalition of Legal Service Providers. “When people hear the word moratorium, they think they don’t have to act,” she said. “Thousands of people in Nevada alone were evicted because they thought they couldn’t be.”
The pressure of the pandemic has been especially hard on hourly workers in Las Vegas. Unemployment in Clark County peaked at nearly 370,000 in April 2020, or more than 33%. It remains at nearly 10 percent, according to state labor statistics.
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