Renting in Las Vegas: 5 Things to Know
If you’re looking to rent a place in Vegas, plenty of options are available. Recently, buying homes to fix up and rent is a hot trend in Las Vegas, according to local NBC station News 3.
During a time when you’re attending showings, filling out paperwork, and getting ready to write a check, you might encounter questions about your lease and your leeway as a renter. To help with some of the common protections under Nevada law, we’ve compiled the following tidbits, with links to more information.
1. The maximum amount that can be charged for a security deposit: three times the monthly rent, according to Nevada state law.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a page dedicated to Nevada tenants’ rights and protections. Think of this site as a resource for federal and state information on renters issues. Head here to check out legal resources or learn more about HUD’s options for affordable and special-needs housing in Nevada.
2. A landlord cannot increase rent unless the rental agreement has provisions for him to do so, Nevada Legal Services advises. If you are not under a rental agreement, the landlord should give you notice before increasing rent.
Nevada Legal Services offers a list of frequently asked housing questions, ranging from topics such as application discrimination to how to retrieve your security deposit. This local non-profit organization also has brochures online and a list of available services.
3. The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada offers free, 15-minute consultations with attorneys to tenants seeking legal advice.
The Legal Aid Center’s Landlord/Tenant Ask-A-Lawyer program is in downtown Las Vegas at the Regional Justice Center. Here, pro-bono attorneys dedicate their time and advice to unrepresented clients. Check out the site for more details, or to book a 15-minute consultation during one of the two Wednesday sessions.
4. Nevada law requires that renters be given the phone number of an emergency contact who lives in the county, or within 60 miles of their rental property, Property Management of Las Vegas says.
Property Management of Las Vegas provides a simple service that matches tenants with their ideal properties and handles everything from passing off the rent check to relaying concerns to your landlord. The company understands the landlord-tenant relationship and looks out for both parties, while paying attention to the rights of both, as well.
5. Nevada law requires landlords to tell prospective tenants if the property is in foreclosure; however, there is no such requirement for current tenants, according to Clark County Courts.
Clark County Courts website breaks down the steps to check whether a property is in foreclosure, as well as lists tenant rights when a property goes into foreclosures. Here you can also take a peek at some of the housing cases that have been a part of the state’s small claims court system.
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