This page has local legal information on residential (not commercial) renters’ issues. It is not legal advice, and you should check with your local legal aid and courts for current information.
This page was last updated on Aug 25th, 2023. It was reviewed by our volunteer attorney experts.
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Problem with your Landlord?
Are you having problems with your landlord?
Behind on Rent?
Find local programs that can help you with housing costs, or work out a plan with your landlord.
Received a Warning Notice about Eviction?
Have you received a warning notice from your landlord, like a ‘Notice to Quit’ or a ‘Notice to Leave’? Find what options you have.
Facing an Eviction Lawsuit?
Has your landlord filed an eviction lawsuit in court? Have you received a Summons and Complaint? Learn what rights and options you have.
Emergency Protections during COVID
Do renters have protections against eviction during the Covid-19 emergency?
You may be able to break your lease if you can come to an agreement with your landlord.
However, you can talk to your landlord to see if they will agree to let you leave early. If they agree, be sure to get the agreement in writing.
Also, you can review your lease. It may have a part that lets you end the lease early in times of financial difficulty. If your lease has this kind of part, you might be able to break the lease (in some cases penalty-free).
Tell your landlord about any repairs needed, particularly if they affect your health and safety.
Emergency repairs could be for problems with:
Running water or hot water
Stove, refrigerator, or oven
Missing doors, locks, or windows
If your landlord doesn't make the repairs promptly, send them a written letter or email about the need for emergency repairs (and keep a copy of this communication).
Local governments set the rules about who is eligible for rent relief. Most programs focus on people who have suffered COVID-19 hardships. You can talk to your local Rental Assistance program to learn their eligibility rules. You may have to show your household income, or if you are on other benefits programs like SNAP. You may also have to show that you are at risk of homelessness or eviction if you don't get rental assistance. Check with your local Rental Assistance program to see if you are eligible.
Most Rental Assistance programs let landlords apply. Either a renter or a landlord can start the application. The landlord will have to fill in as much information they have about the amount of money needed, and the eligibility for the program. The tenant may have to fill in the rest of the information. Check with your local Rental Assistance program about the steps to follow to apply for rent relief.
Many local Rental Assistance programs are open to everyone, regardless of immigration status. Many programs do not even ask about immigration status.
Check with your local Rental Assistance program to make sure about eligibility rules and immigration.
If you are behind on rent, you can get help from your local Rental Assistance program. This is a government service to help people who owe rent or utility bills.
Especially if you are behind on rent because of COVID-19 hardships, your local Rental Assistance (or Rent Relief) program can help you.
Find your local Rental Assistance program at your Get Help page here.
You do not have to leave your home yet. In Nevada, your landlord must serve you a notice that tells you to pay rent or vacate (quit) the rental unit. The notice must give you time to either pay your rent, move out of the unit, or prepare a Tenant’s Affidavit to file with the court to raise defenses against eviction. This notice must follow some rules to be valid. Please be aware that the notice does not need to be filed in any court to be valid. If it doesn't follow these rules, then you can challenge it and stop an eviction. These are the Nevada requirements for an eviction notice for non-payment of rent:
Reach out for legal help if you think the notice isn't correct, or if you need assistance in defending yourself against the eviction. Find local legal help in Nevada here.
In Nevada, you have 7 judicial days between your landlord giving you a notice and them getting a lockout order from the judge to evict you. The notice should tell you how many days the landlord is giving you. If they are giving you less than 7 days, then you may be able to challenge it as illegal. Reach out for legal help if you think the notice isn't giving you the required time to make your payment. Find local legal help in Nevada here.
No, you do not necessarily have to leave (or 'quit') your home by the date listed on the eviction notice. Remember, if you would like to contest the eviction you must file a Tenant’s Affidavit with the court in order to get a hearing.
You do not have to leave your home until a judge has ordered that your landlord can make you leave. If you did not contest the eviction notice, though, your landlord can ask the judge to sign the eviction order without any further notice to you.
The Sheriff or Constable must serve the lockout order on you and may do this by giving it to you or posting it on your door. After you are served with the lockout order, you will have 24 hours to vacate your rental unit before the Sheriff or Constable returns to change your locks.
You still have time to reach out for rental assistance, and stop the eviction from moving forward.
Be sure to let the local group know that you have received an eviction notice and what its deadline is. They may be able to help you pay the rent you owe, or work with your landlord to reduce the amount or put you on a payment plan.
A verbal conversation doesn't count as an "eviction notice". To be legal, the notice must be written down and given to you in the correct way.
Reach out for legal help if your landlord is trying to make you leave without going through the court process. This is illegal and a lawyer may be able to help you protect yourself.
In Nevada, you are required to respond to the eviction lawsuit, if you want to avoid the eviction.
You will have 20 days after you receive the Summons and Complaint to get a written response back to the court unless the landlord asks for a shorter time for the tenant to answer. This time cannot be shortened to less than 10 days. If you do not submit this response by the 20th day, you may lose your case and the judge may give the landlord permission to remove you from your home.
Usually your landlord will also try to set an expedited hearing to remove you from the rental unit while awaiting trial. This hearing should not be set less than 11 days after you were served with the summons and complaint. You do not need to file anything with the court prior to the hearing but you must show up at the hearing if you want to stop the eviction.
Reach out to legal help to learn what your rights and defenses are in your eviction case. These organizations can help you deal with this lawsuit.
You should make sure that the landlord properly 'served' you with the lawsuit.
If they didn't give it to you in the correct way, you can challenge the eviction lawsuit. In Nevada, a landlord must follow certain rules to let you know about the lawsuit:
Only certain people can give you the lawsuit's Summons and Complaint. The landlord can not give you these papers - it has to be a person not involved in the case. This can be the sheriff, a deputy, or any person competent over 18.
These papers must be personally served to you - meaning that you must be handed a copy of your summons and complaint. The only exception is that the papers can be left at your home with an adult (age fourteen or older).
The papers must be given to a person and cannot be left in the doorway.
You should also reach out to local lawyers who can help you prepare for your court hearing so you can protect yourself against the eviction.
You can come to an agreement, but you should still go to court to make sure your case is closed.
You can work with your landlord to work out an agreement before the date of the court hearing. This might be a payment plan or other agreement on what needs to happen for you to stay in your home.
Be sure to get this agreement in writing, so that you can prove it exists and that your landlord follows through on it.
Also, you should still go to court for your hearing date, to make sure the court knows about the agreement and closes the lawsuit. If you do not go to court, the lawsuit might still continue and the judge might rule that the landlord can remove you. Go to court yourself to make sure this doesn't happen.
You can reach out for legal help to get assistance in negotiating an agreement with your landlord, and making sure this agreement is being followed.
Nevada's statewide eviction protections expired on May 31, 2021. Landlords may now try to sue tenants to evict them. If you are worried about an eviction, reach out as soon as possible to your local legal aid group. The lawyers may be able to help you find protections and services to deal with your eviction. **** **** Earlier Protections Some Nevada renters may still be protected under the national moratorium. **** Nevada's now-expired protection had allowed renters to stop an eviction by giving their landlord a signed, written document. This document must verify that they meet the 3 criteria listed below.
Renters were eligible for the protection if :
Nevada requires landlords to notify their tenants about this eviction protection when they are filing for eviction. Landlords are required to notify the tenant about the moratorium, provide the Tenant Declaration, and include information about rental assistance programs. The Informational statement is available here. (link)
Eviction cases are currently proceeding in Nevada courts as of October 2020.
Since emergency protections have expired, then for renters in Nevada:
Your landlord can give you a notice to quit.
Your landlord can file an eviction claim against you.
The court may hear an eviction case against you.
The court can issue a new order, judgment, or writ of eviction against you.
Law enforcement can still enforce an existing eviction order against you, to remove you from your home.
After Nevada protections expired on May 31, 2021, landlords may try to evict tenants.
If you receive a notice to quit from your landlord, or an eviction lawsuit, reach out for legal help.
Also, if you think your landlord is trying to evict you illegally, you can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office online or over the phone at 1-888-434-9989.
Yes, Nevada renters still need to pay rent during the emergency, but landlords cannot charge late fees.
If you cannot pay rent, take steps to protect yourself:
Apply for rental assistance: If you need financial assistance for housing costs like rent or utility bills, you may be able to get help. Apply as soon as possible.
Communicate with your landlord: Send a written letter or email to your landlord as soon as possible. Explain why you cannot pay the rent because of COVID-19 impact. You can also try to negotiate with your landlord to make a payment plan or get a temporary rent reduction.
Get written records of all communication: Keep copies of any letter or email you send, and any responses from the landlord. Keep receipts for any payments you make. If you make a payment plan or rent agreement, make sure to get it in writing.
Keep proof of COVID-19's impact on you: Collect documents about your COVID-19-related employment problems, health care issues, or other issues that affect your ability to pay rent. This includes letters from your employer, doctor, insurance provider, child care provider, schools, etc.
If you are having trouble paying your rent in Nevada, reach out to legal and financial groups as soon as possible.
Contact a legal help organization to help defend yourself.
It is illegal for your landlord to evict you without first going to court and getting an eviction order. To remove you from your home, a landlord must take you to court by filing an eviction lawsuit, win the case, and getting an eviction order from the court.
Legal aid groups might be able to provide you with full representation, or other legal organizations can give you information or brief advice.
Since emergency protections have expired, Nevada renters' utilities might be shut off if they do not make timely payments.
Earlier, some Nevada utility companies have suspended shutoffs for the duration of the crisis.
Landlords are never allowed to shut off a renter's utilities in an attempt to force the renter out. This is illegal. Reach out to a lawyer for help if this happens to you.
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