if I don’t pay rent on time?
If you fail to pay rent on time, you may be charged a late fee
in addition to the full rent amount. If you fail to pay any rent,
a landlord can terminate your lease and evict you – force
you to move. An eviction is a court judgment that entitles the
landlord to have a sheriff forcibly move you and your belongings
out of the apartment. In some cases, a landlord may take some
of your personal belongings to pay for the amount of unpaid rent
you owe. NRS 118A.520. An eviction will make it extremely difficult,
if not impossible, for you to find another apartment to rent.
If you know you may have problems paying this month’s rent,
talk to you landlord before the due date. Sometimes a landlord
will agree to take a portion of the rent until you can make up
Landlord’s Rights and Obligations
A landlord must maintain the apartment in a “habitable
condition.” NRS 118A.290. An apartment is not habitable
if there is a major construction issue, i.e. no working sewage,
no running water, no working electrical outlets. A landlord
is also responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all common
areas – outside stairwells, parking lots, swimming pools
in an apartment complex.
A landlord has the right to enter your apartment in emergencies
like a fire or an overflowing bathtub. Any other times, the
landlord must get your consent before entering your apartment.
A landlord must give you 24 hours notice and may only enter
at reasonable business hours (8 am – 5 pm). If you unreasonably
refuse to give consent, the landlord can get a court order
allowing entrance to your apartment. NRS 118A.330 and NRS 118A.500.
Tenant’s Rights and Obligations
You, as the tenant, must pay rent on time, keep the apartment
clean and safe, and conduct yourself in a manner that will
not disturb a neighbor’s peaceful enjoyment of their
apartment. NRS 118A.310.
If the landlord fails to maintain your apartment in a habitable
condition or neglects the upkeep of the apartment’s common
areas, you have the right to complain to the landlord and demand
repairs. If these repairs are not made within a reasonable
amount of time, you can withhold part of your rent until repairs
are made. NRS 118A.360 and NRS 118A.380.
You must give reasonable written notice to your landlord that
you are moving. If you signed a lease and you move out before
that lease ends, you may be liable for remaining months of
rent and additional charges. NRS 118A.420. You can move out
before a lease expires if you have a mental or physical condition – such
as you are involved in an
accident and can no longer climb the stairs– that requires
you to relocate. NRS 118A.340.