The Nevada Rental Lease Agreements are a set of legal forms that allow a landlord to temporarily cede control of the property they own, or are managing, to a tenant. Selling or leasing property in Nevada requires a Real Estate Broker License, unless the property is part of a Community Association, in which case the seller will also need Certification from the Commissioner for Common Interest Communities.
There are a variety of different kinds of leases, depending on the type of property, what it is intended to be used for and how long the tenant wishes to remain on the property. Regardless of what kind of lease is in play, they should all be read extremely carefully, to reduce the chances of violating it through inattention to detail or misunderstanding. Residential leases are typically required to have simple, clear language in order to help minimize these risks, but should still be read carefully. What follows are some of the more common examples of leases and other rental forms.
Form Description Types
Nevada Rental Laws
- Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapters 40 and 113
Almost all landlords will want to charge a security deposit, to account for the possibility that a tenant may leave without paying their last months rent or to pay for any damage the property sustains during a tenancy. In Nevada, the state limit a landlord can charge for a deposit is three (3) months rent, although local laws may have lower caps. In addition, in Nevada a landlord is required to provide a tenant with a move-in checklist and a set of conditions for returning the deposit. The landlord is required to return the deposit within thirty (30) days of the tenant moving out.
Regardless of the type or length of the lease, all of the rules for rent, including when it is due, how much it is, and what forms are acceptable, will all be contained in the lease. There is no legal limit to how much a landlord can charge for rent in Nevada, as there are no rent controlled areas in Nevada.
In a One Year Lease, the landlord can alter rent until the lease has terminated, unless the lease itself has a clause allowing for a rent increase. In a Month to Month Lease, the landlord is required to give the tenant forty five (45) days written notice before altering the rent. If the tenant is over sixty or disabled, they may request an additional thirty (30) days notice before the rent is altered.
If the tenant fails to pay rent on time and in full they may accrue a late fee. In Nevada there are no laws governing late fees, so a landlord can charge as much as they want. However, if the lease itself does not specifically contain a late fee policy, the landlord has no legal right to charge one.
If the tenant violates the lease in a way that can be fixed, the landlord can serve the tenant with written notice of the violation and give the tenant three (3) days to fix it and two (2) additional days to move out before filing for eviction.
If the tenant violates the lease in a way that cannot be fixed, the landlord can file an Unconditional Quit Notice, and the tenant must move out immediately. Once the landlord has filed for eviction, they will have to go to the local court system to seek an Eviction Notice. Until the tenant has been served with an Eviction Notice, the landlord cannot try to force the tenant out by changing the locks, tampering with utilities or removing the tenant’s property.
Landlord’s Right to Entry
Unless it is an emergency or the property has been abandoned for seven (7) days, the landlord must give the tenant at least twenty four (24) hours notice before entering the property, and can only enter at a reasonable time and for a reasonable purpose.