Nevada Rental Laws

Last updated on August 25, 2016 by

State Flag of NevadaThis article summarizes some key Nevada Landlord-Tenant laws applicable to residential rental units.

We’ve used the Official State Statutes and other online sources cited below to research this information and it should be a good starting point in learning about the law.

With that said, our summary is not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for qualified legal advice. Laws and statutes are always subject to change, and may even vary from county to county or city to city.

You are responsible for performing your own research and complying with all laws applicable to your unique situation.

If you have legal questions or concerns, we recommend consulting with the appropriate government agencies and/or a qualified lawyer in your area. Your local or state bar association may have a referral service that can help you find a lawyer with experience in landlord-tenant law.

Nevada has not adopted the Uniform Residential Landlord & Tenant Act (URLTA).

Official Rules and Regulations

Details

Security Deposit:

  • Security Deposit Maximum: equal to 3 months of rent (NRS 118A.242(1))
  • Security Deposit Interest: No Statute
  • Separate Security Deposit Bank Account: No Statute
  • Pet Deposits and Additional Fees: No Statute
  • Non-Refundable Fees: Landlord must disclose and explain any non-refundable fees (which are allowed for cleaning) in the lease agreement. (NRS 118A.242(8))
  • Deadline for Returning Security Deposit: 30 days after lease termination/Tenant moves out (NRS 118A.242(4)(5))
  • Require Written Description / Itemized List of Damages and Charges: Yes (NRS 118A.242(4)(5))
  • Record Keeping of Deposit Withholdings: No Statute

Lease, Rent & Fees:

  • Rent Increase Notice: 45 days or, in the case of any periodic tenancy of less than 1 month, 15 days in advance of the first rental payment to be increased (NRS 118A.300)
  • Late Fees: No Statute
  • Prepaid Rent: No Statute
  • Returned Check Fees: No Statute
  • Tenant Allowed to Withhold Rent for Failure to Provide Essential Services (Water, Heat, etc.): Yes (NRS 118.355)
  • Tenant Allowed to Repair and Deduct Rent: Yes (NRS 118.355)
  • Landlord Allow to Recover Court and Attorney’s Fees: No Statute
  • Landlord Must Make a Reasonable Attempt to Mitigate Damages to Lessee, including an Attempt to Rerent: Yes (NRS 118.175)
  • Hold-over converts to Month-to-Month: Yes, unless tenant pays weekly, then it converts to Week-to-Week

Notices and Entry:

  • Notice to Terminate a Lease – Yearly Lease: No Statute
  • Notice to Terminate a Lease – Month-to-Month: 30 days (NRS 40.251)
  • Notice to Terminate a Lease – Week-to-week: 7 days (NRS 40.251)
  • Notice of date/time of Move-Out Inspection: No Statute
  • Eviction Notice for Nonpayment: 5 days (NRS 40.2512)
  • Eviction Notice for Lease Violation: 5 days, but must fix the issue within the first 3 days or Landlord can file for eviction. (NRS 40.2514NRS 40.2516)
  • Required Notice before Entry: 24 hours (NRS 118A.330)
  • Entry Allowed with Notice for Maintenance and Repairs (non-emergency): 24 hours (NRS 118A.330)
  • Entry Allowed During Tenant’s Extended Absence: No Statute
  • Notice to Tenants for Pesticide Use: No Statute
  • Emergency Entry Allowed without Notice: Yes (NRS 118A.330)
  • Lockouts Allowed: No (NRS 118A.390)
  • Utility Shut-offs Allowed: No (NRS 118A.390)

Disclosures and Miscellaneous Rules:

  • Tenant has the right to display the flag of the United States of America (NRS 118A.325, NRS 118A.200)
  • Landlord must include verbiage in the lease that summarizes the rule NRS 202.470 – Maintaining or permitting nuisance: Penalty (NRS 118A.200)
  • Landlord must provide a completed move-in checklist stating the inventory and condition of the dwelling at the time the tenant takes possession. (NRS 118A.200)
  • Landlord must inform the Tenant in writing, if the property is subject to a pending foreclosure. (NRS 118A.200)
  • Landlord must explain, in the Lease, the conditions upon which the deposit will be refunded. (NRS 118A.200)
  • Other than normal wear, the premises will be returned in the same condition as when the tenancy began. (NRS 118A.200)
  • Special Protections for Domestic Violence Victims: Lease termination and other rights (NRS 118A.345)
  • Examples of retaliation include filing an eviction lawsuit, terminating a tenancy, refuse to renew, increasing the rent, or decreasing services. (NRS 118A.510)
  • Retaliation is assumed if the Landlord takes such action after Tenant complains to the landlord about unsafe or illegal living conditions. (NRS 118A.510)
  • Retaliation is assumed if the Landlord  takes such action after Tenant complains to a government agency, such as a building or health inspector, about unsafe or illegal living conditions. (NRS 118A.510)
  • Retaliation is assumed if the Landlord takes such action after a Tenant joins or organizing a tenant union, for the purpose of presenting his/her views. (NRS 118A.510)
  • Retaliation is assumed if the Landlord takes such action after Tenant exercises a legal right allowed by your state or local law. (NRS 118A.510)

Court Related:

Business Licenses:

  • Business License required: No state-wide statute, but local cities and counties may have regulations and requirements.  Check with your local governing authority.
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922 CommentsLeave a Comment

  • Michael Ricca

    After how many years can a tenant request a room to be painted? We would like to have the downstairs bathroom painted & we have been living there 4-5 years. Should the landlord be paying for the paint job? Thank you for a response.

  • Jessica Roberts

    I live with my mother in law. The landlord knows we live here, i pay her more than her rent is. Can she just kick me and my 2 kids out. We live in nevada.

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Jessica

      It sounds like you are not on the lease, therefore you don’t have any sort of written contract to claim. But I don’t know if she can kick you out. You would need to talk to an attorney who can advise you on your specific situation.

  • Theresa

    I need help with this myself! I allowed a friend of a friend to move in. He’s been here 7!months and not on my lease! He’s barley paid me and so many of my belongings are now gone. He’s careless with the utilities which have more than doubled! If I have to give him 30 days what’s protecting me and my belongings I have left and the bills he’s running up!? Cause you know once he leaves I won’t see a dime!

  • Amy

    I gave my 30 day notice to move out and I will be out on the 30 day Mark however my apartments told me it’s 60 day notice and want me to pay next month’s rent when I won’t be living in it how do I get out of this I have been going month to month for 3 months now please help

    • kim

      depending on where you live in Nevada, read up on the lease and laws of rental agreements for your city. Really, you only have to give a 30 day notice, but I know that there are some places out of state that require 60 days.

  • kim

    I do have a question,…. does an owner (landlord) have the right to raise rent for more then $50 or more every 6 mths within a 2yr period? Even though they don’t live in the state of Nv. …. I can’t find that answer in the Laws of rental agreements in Nevada for landlords.

  • Judy

    A friend was renting a room from his friend and was arrested , charges not related to tenancy. She rented his room before the paid month was up and new tenant is using my friend’s furniture. During a jail visit she agreed verbally to give his property to a mutual friend. When he went to pick up the property he was given 3 carry-on bags of clothes and refused to give up anymore. There is a bed, desk, dresser and jewelry. What can he do from jail to secure his property with a trusted friend to store. It has not been 30 days since his arrest and there were 11 days left on the month he had paid.

  • jeff

    im moving out of my rented room on the 1st of sept. i moved in on june 3rd and that was the first day i paid rent,ive noticed my landlord has been dating my rent reciepts for the 1st of the month when i actually pay on the 3rd of the month since im paid till the 3rd can she force me out earlier since she mentioned i should be out the day before the 1st.

  • Linda

    I’m about to purchase a property with tenants that have been living there for over 10 years. They want to stay on and are currently on a month to month lease. The owner will be transferring the deposit to me at close of escrow. I am not sure how to deal with their deposit as the property is not clean – carpets look like they have never been cleaned. The current owner said the house was clean and carpets new when the tenants moved in 10 years ago. I want to start a new lease with them but how do I deal with the deposit? Do I return it to them & get them to give me a new deposit on signing of new lease? If they move out in a year & the place still looks dirty they can say this is how it was when we started the new lease.

    • Ann Scarff

      Generally, Unless specified otherwise, you’re buying the property in its current condition. If you disagree with the current condition when compared to the list price, then you would negotiate downward to compensate for the repairs you want done to the property including new carpet, paint. 10 yrs is a long time to rent a property without upgrades to paint or flooring being done. The tenants may expect you to do those repairs after you purchase it, anyway. I wouldn’t advise you trying to pass that responsibility on to them.

  • Mike

    Is it legal for a landlord to back out of a lease renewal two weeks before the new lease is supposed to take effect

  • anthony thomas

    I work for a luxury high rise hear in Las Vegas and instead of weekly or bi-weekly pay or tips… i get compensated for my work with a rent free apartment. But now the property manager wants to fire me. can he kick me out flat on my behind?Or by law since i signed a “lease” technically do i have 30 days to move out ? They made me sign a lease but excluded fees for deposits and any other monthly recurring fees? Do i put in a notice to vacate to receive 30 days instead of allowing termination?

  • Robin

    I finally got my dead beat roomie to move out. In 6 months there he only
    paid 2 months. He is NOT on the lease. He caused much damage, left
    food everywhere and I mean everywhere throughout the house. The house
    is disgusting and attracting ants and bugs. With the damage and unsanitary
    conditions what are my rights. From what I see these free loaders have all the
    rights and thats just not fair. What can I do?

  • Allison

    I just moved out of my apartment I had lived in for 3 years. When I moved in the carpet was not new. I have a dog, paid the deposit for the dog and pet rent monthly.
    Can they charge me for carpet replacement?

  • Alicia

    I just vacated my property on the first. I called 60 days before and have a written 30 day There was mold from the day we moved in to the day we moved out. They sold our complex to a new company and lied to the tenants for weeks about it. My washer broke and they left it for 4 days with dirty water and kept promising they would send someone and no-one showed. My hot water heater broke and leaked onto the base boards and created more mold, which was brought to the owners attention for 3 months and ignored. My fridge broke and they stated that it wasn’t their responsibility. They refused to provide us a copy of our lease and are now charging over 2000 for rent and cleaning fees. This can’t be legal

  • Nicole

    Question: I just signed a lease on 9/8 and they are now saying they “forgot” to include a $50 administrative fee. My papers I signed all state the amount I paid, am I legally responsible for an amount the miscalculated?

  • Christine Merc

    Hi. i have questions regarding Nevada Law Landlord-Tenant on Security Deposit;
    (1) if the Landlord failed to give the “itemized deductions on security deposit” within the 30 days allowed by state law after the end of tenancy…is the landlord liable or loses his rights of the tenants amount of damages and have to return the full security deposit to the tenant?

    (2) if the landlord refuses to give the security deposit due to unable to comply within the allowed 30 days to give deduction lists, and if it leads to small court case….can the landlord counter sue for the cleaning fees and damages?
    thank you!

  • Tina

    I rent a house in las vegas i recently found out i had a bug problem spiders beetles other wierd bugs and they found a few bed bugs on the couch and wood floor but they were dead they told ne i need to get fumigated and pay 300 i was told i shouldnt have to pay they need to do it since im renting. Now my house is clean i dont know where they came from even the bug guy said they can come from anyone bringing them in now do i really have to pay or are they suppose to

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