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EVICTION PREVENTION AND DIVERSION PROGRAM

The New Mexico Supreme Court is phasing in an Eviction Prevention and Diversion Program statewide and in stages lifting a moratorium on evictions of people unable to pay their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When tenants are notified about the filing of an eviction in court, they will receive information about available legal services and the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). At the start of an eviction hearing, judges will advise tenants and landlords about the rental assistance and ask the parties if they are willing to participate in the Eviction Prevention and Diversion program.

Under an order issued by the Court, here is the schedule for phasing in the Eviction Prevention and Diversion Program in judicial districts across the state and lifting a stay on evictions for non-payment of rent:

•Starting April 1, 2022 in the Second (Bernalillo County), Fifth (Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties), Tenth (DeBaca, Harding and Quay counties) and Twelfth (Lincoln and Otero counties) Judicial Districts.

•Effective May 1 in the Third (Doña Ana County), Sixth (Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties) and Seventh (Catron, Sierra, Socorro and Torrance counties) Judicial Districts.

•Starting June 1 in the First (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties), Fourth(Mora, Guadalupe and San Miguel counties), and Eighth (Colfax, Taos and Union counties) Judicial Districts.

•Effective July 1 in the Eleventh (McKinley and San Juan counties) and Thirteen (Cibola, Sandoval and Valencia counties) Judicial Districts.

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