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Housing Laws Nevada changes in 2021

Our lawmakers in Carson City passed bills governing all areas of the law in their 2021 session, even during the pandemic they were hard at work. Many of these laws focused on housing law. Our legislature was busy addressing many inequities in access to housing  based upon socio-economic position and made efforts to address homelessness in Nevada.  The 2021 legislature passed provide renters with greater protections during the pandemic. 

They also looked forward in laying the foundation to provide for a framework for alternative housing options for low-income Nevadan’s by requiring cities to provide zoning for “tiny homes.” Our lawmakers were very concerned with providing Nevada renters with access to rental assistance and the time to apply and receive such aide.  They helped renters by reducing late fees and providing better notice of proposed rent increases.  The following is a summary of the laws passed by our 2020 legislature regarding housing law in Nevada.  

Homeowners and housing

Assembly Bill 141: This Bill requires the Courts to seal records of summary evictions that occurred during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Specifically, the new bill amends NRS 40.2545 to read as follows:  

1.    If a court grants an action for summary eviction pursuant  to  NRS  40.253  during  the  COVID-19  emergency,  the court shall automatically seal the eviction case court file. 

2.    In addition to the provisions for the automatic sealing of an eviction case court file pursuant to subsection 1, in  any action for summary  eviction  pursuant  to  NRS  40.253,  40.254  or  40.2542,  the eviction  case  court  file  is  sealed  automatically  and  not  open  to inspection: . . 

This Bill took effect for evictions starting on  March  12,  2020 and ends “on  the  date  on  which  the  Governor  terminates the emergency described in the Declaration.”  This Bill is critical to help renters who have been evicted due to job loses move forward and be able to rent another place.  It is very difficult to rent again after an eviction.  Therefore, if you were evicted after March 12, 2020, make sure the Court sealed the eviction record.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7469/Text Effective May 27, 2021.

Assembly Bill 249: This Bill Prohibits common interest communities that are governed by homeowners’ associations from restricting daily hours for seasonal construction below what is locally authorized.  This is an unusual ordinance and must have been prompted by a specific situation facing certain HOA communities.  This is why it is important to bring problematic issues you are facing to the attention of your local state lawmaker in your district.  


 Effective October 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 308: This law prevents landlords from charging a late fee if rent is paid within three days of being due and extends required notice period for rent increases.  Specifically, the new law states:  ”In  a  tenancy  that  is  longer  than  week  to  week,  no  late  fee may be charged or imposed until at least 3 calendar days after the date that rent is due. . .” In addition, said  late  fee  cannot exceed  five  percent  of  the  amount  of  the  periodic  rent  and  the  maximum  amount  of the  late  fee  must  not  be  increased  based  upon  a  late  fee  that  was  previously imposed.  In addition, the law changed the notice needed for a rent increase This  bill  increases  the  period  for providing  notices  of  increases  in  rent  to: 

(1) for  a  periodic  tenancy  of  1  month  or  more,  60  days  in  advance  of  the  first  rental payment to be increased; or

 (2) for a periodic tenancy of less than 1 month, 30 days in advance of the first rental payment to be increased.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7813/Overview    Effective July 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 486:    This bill is in response to the pandemic, and it  temporarily stops evictions if a tenant is awaiting rental assistance and can show they are diligently monitoring their “CHAP” (Clark County Housing Assistance Program) application.  This program was created by the Cares Act and requires landlords to cooperate with the application process of their tenant in exchange for direct payment of rents to the landlord.  This is not just an amendment to a law but an entire Act relating  to  property including the defining  certain  terms.  This Act temporarily authorizes tenants who are facing  eviction proceedings  to  assert  certain  affirmative  defenses  relating  to rental assistance.  The act also establishes procedures relating the court’s handling of evictions involving CHAP applications.  It also temporarily  establishes procedures  relating  to  claims  for wrongful eviction and authorizes a court to stay a designated eviction proceeding in order to facilitate alternative  dispute  resolution through the CHAP program.    The law temporarily  requires  notices for designated eviction proceedings to contain certain information regarding the CHAP program and establishes  temporary  procedures  relating  to the provision  of  rental  assistance  to  certain  landlords of single  family  residences  with  at  least  one  tenant  who  has defaulted  in the  payment  of  rent.  The primary purpose of the Act is to allow for the  disbursement of  certain  federal  money  for the payment of rents in circumstances  relating  to the pandemic.  


Effective immediately through June 5, 2023, or earlier date set by state Supreme Court. 

Senate Bill 103: This  bill  prohibits  a property insurer  from  refusing  to  issue,  cancelling,  refusing  to renew or increasing the premium or rate for certain policies of insurance on the sole
basis of the specific breed or mixture of breeds of a dog that is harbored or owned on  an  insured property  unless  the  particular  dog  is  known  to  be  dangerous  or vicious or declared to be dangerous or vicious pursuant to the public health laws of the State. This law may have a significant impact on homeowners insurance rates in our state.  Many major insurance companies have a list of dog breads that are listed in the policy that will not be covered for a dog bite attack under the policy.  This law makes those provisions void.  So basically, the risk for those breeds will now be paid by all homeowners in Nevada.  


Effective  Jan. 1, 2022.

Senate Bill 150: This new law requires Nevada’s most populated counties of Clark and Washoe counties and the state’s largest cities to designate zoning districts where “tiny houses” may be built. This is an effort to alleviate the homeless issue in these areas by providing affordable alternative housing.


Effective Jan. 1, 2024.

Senate Bill 254: Shockingly, this bill was passed by our legislature but vetoed by Governor Sisolak.  As a landlord, I agree with the Governor’s veto.  The law would have barred  a landlord from checking a prospective tenant’s criminal history or arrest record and refusing to rent on the basis of that record.  I am not sure what the legislature was thinking on this one.  A landlord has a right to know the criminal history of a prospective tenant.  If the property is located near a school, do you really want someone to rent the property to a convicted child sex offender?     


Senate Bill 311: This bill Authorizes the Nevada Rural Housing Authority to create a for-profit business entity to support affordable housing development.   This is an effort to help develop the smaller towns in the State. 


Effective October 1, 2021.

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