Nebraska apartment group recommends 90-day halt to evictions

Nebraska apartment group recommends 90-day halt to evictions

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A group representing owners and managers of 46,000 apartment units in Nebraska has called for a 90-day halt to evictions.

A trade group representing the owners and managers of more than 46,000 apartment units in the state has recommended a 90-day moratorium on evictions.

The Apartment Association of Nebraska said Wednesday in a news release that it is recommending a three-month halt on evictions because of financial hardship. The group also is recommending owners and landlords take a number of other measures, including accepting partial rent payments and waiving late fees.

"The COVID-19 virus will have an unprecedented economic impact on our members and residents alike," the group said in the release. "We believe it is vitally important for each of us to do what we can to help our neighbor. The AAN is prepared to take whatever steps it can to keep our residents in their homes."

Last week, Nebraska Appleseed, renter advocates and other community groups concerned for low-income residents had called for a halt to evictions.

Several state and local officials, including Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird, had said they were exploring who in the state had the legal authority to halt evictions.

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The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reported late Thursday night that an 11th Nebraska resident has apparently contracted the coronavirus. HHS is waiting for confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Legislature

Hy-Vee at the Capitol had a contract to supply lunch meals and sandwiches weekdays until the end of the legislative session, but because of COVID-19 concerns it has decided to shut down its operation early.

The Zoo Bar, Duffy’s Tavern, Bourbon Theatre, 1867 Bar and Bodega’s Alley — the downtown live-music venues — have all closed and canceled shows for at least two weeks in an effort to battle the spread of the coronavirus.

“At this point, everyone should just take a deep breath and wait till we announce procedurally how we will address these things,” said Matt Larson, associate superintendent of instruction.

As bad as the losses from major event cancellations are, economists say the economic damage they cause is likely to pale compared to the effects of the widespread closings of restaurants, retail stores and other businesses.

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The mall announced in a news release that it would suspend its hours, starting at 7 p.m. Monday, with plans to reopen April 6.

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Many companies have pledged to pay employees for at least the next two weeks, ranging from large retailers such as Kohl's and The Buckle to small local businesses such as Sandy's. But plenty of people are finding themselves out of work with no pay.

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Marcus Hotels & Resorts on Tuesday announced it will close a number of hotels it owns temporarily, including the Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.

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Topping the list is more than 5,800 sets of gloves, with 2,500 of those coming from Iron Brush Tattoo, which decided earlier this month to shut down and donate all of its supplies to health care workers.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

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