Online portal helps people facing eviction fill out legal documents

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Clark County launched an online system that allows Las Vegas residents facing summary evictions to fill out legal documents without visiting the Regional Justice Center in person.

The new system doesn’t apply to people facing evictions in North Las Vegas and Henderson, who are still required to print and file forms in their respective courts.

The portal, which is through the Las Vegas Justice Court, allows people to click through a series of options when facing a summary eviction. 

According to the county, tenants will answer a series of questions and their answers will be automatically prepared with the required legal documents. (It will also determine if people are eligible for a filing fee waiver depending on financial status.)

“Though the clerk’s office will still accept paper filings from tenants, we urge those that have access to a cellular phone or computer to use the online guided interview to avoid long waiting times and crowded lines,” the county noted. 

Fearing a wave of evictions, the Nevada Supreme Court stood up a temporary residential summary eviction mediation program Oct. 15 to help tenants and landlords negotiate options and get connected to assistance prior to legal proceedings. There was only one request for mediation in the first week of the program. 

Nevada’s statewide eviction moratorium ended Oct. 15. But in September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also issued an order that prohibits evictions for nonpayment of rent, evictions resulting from the expiration of the tenant’s lease, no-cause evictions and evictions of tenants-at-will until after Dec. 31.

In order to qualify for the order, renters must submit a declaration to their landlord and show:

  • They have attempted to obtain government assistance for rent or housing.
  • They don’t make more than $99,000 per year.
  • They are unable to pay full rent because of loss of income, reduction of wages or hours, were laid off or have extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses.
  • They are using best efforts to make partial payments of the rent.
  • They would likely become homeless or forced to move into a shared living space if evicted.

Despite the order, tenants have still been facing evictions at high rates nationwide. Following the end of Nevada’s moratorium, groups warned last week of a “burgeoning humanitarian crisis” citing incidents of people already being locked out of their homes.

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.