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Coronavirus relief package finally signed; local impact on evictions still unclear

Posted at 7:00 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 20:00:28-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — President Donald Trump waited days, threatened a veto that likely would have led to a government shutdown, but eventually signed a $900 billion coronavirus relief and government funding package Sunday evening.

It extends a CDC moratorium on evictions by a month, will provide financial relief to property owners, and includes a $600 payment to qualifying Americans.

"A lot of people's leases are coming to an end," said Scott Mertz, of Legal Aid Nebraska. "A lot of people are just on month to month leases and thus they can get notices that have no cause, no fault notices that end these lease agreements... as long as they get a 30 days notice."

With relief available to landlords in the latest bill, Mertz hopes landlords will prioritize relief over evictions.

There's no word on when funding will be available to local governments from the bill.

The bill's signing came after unemployment benefits under the CARES Act had expired on Saturday. The Nebraska Department of Labor said it is waiting on guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor on how to implement the extension, but listed these details about the extension of several programs.

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