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Nebraska court says it doesn’t have authority to halt evictions during coronavirus outbreak

The Nebraska Supreme Court said Monday that it does not have the power to halt evictions, despite calls from legal and community groups to give renters a break due to the current coronavirus outbreak.

Eviction hearings are governed by state law, not the state’s highest court, the court said in a statement.

Now is not the time to push more people into homeless shelters or into crowded homes with friends and family, advocates have said. Several Omaha-area landlords have said they will work with tenants who have trouble paying rent due to the current economic downturn, but also expressed concern over rent or eviction freezes without a corresponding freeze on mortgage payments for property owners.


Contributed by Peter Fortunato

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