Gov. Ricketts issued an executive order to prevent evictions of Nebraskans significantly impacted by COVID-19.  The order prevents the eviction of renters unable to pay rent due on or after March 13th because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Governor indicated that the relief is intended for those who have become ill, lost income due to job loss or wage reductions, or missed work to care for a loved one (e.g., a child who cannot attend school or a sick family member) due to the pandemic.  At the same time, he called on tenants to work to fulfill their contractual obligations.  The executive order does not cancel any rent payments; it simply defers a landlord’s right to a trial in an eviction action—for unpaid rent—until May 31, 2020.  Full text of the executive order suspending evictions can be found by clicking here.

The above article was authored by Cathy Trent-Vilim, Partner Attorney at Lamson Dugan & Murray LLP.