Your lease or rental agreement should spell out your landlord’s key rent rules, including:
State laws in Nevada covers several of these rent-related issues, including limits on late fees, the amount of notice a landlord must provide to increase rent under a month-to-month tenancy, and how much time a tenant has to pay rent or move before a landlord can file for eviction.
Rent is legally due on the date specified in your lease or rental agreement (usually the first of the month). If you don’t pay rent when it is due, the landlord may begin charging you a late fee. In Nevada, a court will presume that there is no late fee provision unless it is included in a written rental agreement, but the landlord can offer evidence to overcome that presumption.
Nevada allows landlords to collect a fee of no more than $25 for a bounced check.
Nevada landlords must give tenants at least 45 days’ notice (in writing) to increase rent or change another term of a month-to-month rental agreement. Tenants who are 60 years or older, or physically or mentally disabled, may request an additional 30 days’ possession, but only if they have complied with basic tenant obligations as set forth in Nev. Rev. Stat. § 118A. If you have a long-term lease, however, landlords may not increase the rent until the lease ends and a new tenancy begins—unless the lease itself provides for an increase.
Nevada landlords may not raise the rent in a discriminatory manner—for example, only for members of a certain race. Also, Nevada landlords may not use a rent increase in retaliation against you for exercising a legal right—for example, in response to your legitimate complaint to a local housing agency about a broken heater.
States set specific rules and procedures for ending a tenancy when a tenant has not paid the rent. Nevada landlords must give tenants at least five days in which to pay the rent or move. If the tenant does neither, the landlord can file for eviction.
For an overview of tenant rights when it comes to paying rent under Nevada landlord-tenant law, see http://nevadalawhelp.org/en/issues/housing/tenants-rights-procedures.
Here’s where to find Nevada’s rent-related rules: