Nevada Rental Lease Agreements
Nevada Rental Lease Agreements are official documents formed between a lessor (“landlord”) and tenants (“lessees”) to establish terms regarding the occupancy of rental units. Once the landlord has sufficiently screened the lessee(s) through the use of a rental application, they will sit down with them to sign the lease contract. During this time, the landlord will go over all sections of the lease to ensure the lessee(s) agree to the monthly rent, security deposits, utility expenses, and various rules and obligations. So long they agree, the parties will sign the form, officially putting it into effect.
Commercial Lease Agreement – Outlines responsibilities between a landlord and a business so that the lease of a property for commercial purposes may be executed.
Lease to Own Agreement – Gives tenants the option to purchase the property they are leasing.
Month-to-Month Lease Agreement – A lease contract that continues on a monthly basis indefinitely until the lessee(s) or lessor terminates the contract by providing the necessary notice.
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Roommate Agreement – Comprises of a number of legally-binding and non-legally binding terms related to how roommates should conduct themselves in their shared rental dwelling.
Standard Residential Lease Agreement – The official form provided by the state’s realtors’ association, the document complies with all state leasing statutes and can be used for renting residential property of all types.
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Sublease Agreement – Used for renting out an already-rented rental unit. Tenants should receive permission from their landlord before using the document.
What is a Nevada Lease Agreement?
A Nevada Lease Agreement is a contract signed by a landlord and tenant so that a residential property owned by the landlord may be legally leased to the tenant. The entire process of leasing a property may be made substantially easier if the landlord makes use of rental application forms to select the most favorable tenant to rent the property to.
State Definition (NRS 118A.160) – “means any oral or written agreement for the use and occupancy of a dwelling unit or premises.”
State Laws & Guides
Landlord-Tenant Guides / Handbooks
- Nevada Landlords Handbook.pdf
- Nevada Landlord-Tenant and Evictions.pdf
- Nevada Landlord and Tenant Guidebook.pdf
When is Rent Due?
There is no state statute governing when rent is due. Because of this, it must be clearly stated in the lease agreement. There is also no mention of a grace period; if the landlord wishes to grant one, they must specify so in the lease.
Emergency (NRS 118A.330(2)): The landlord does not require a tenant’s consent in order to access their rental unit in an emergency situation.
Non-Emergency (NRS 118A.330(3)): The landlord must give the tenant a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours’ notice of their intent to enter in non-emergency situations. Furthermore, they may enter only at reasonable times during normal business hours (unless the tenant gives explicit permission, otherwise).
Tenant’s are legally required to uphold the following obligations, per NRS 118A.310:
- Comply with the rules and terms found in the lease agreement;
- Keep the rental unit clean and free of trash/rubbish;
- Throw away garbage in a safe and clean way;
- Keep all appliances/fixtures clean and use them in a reasonable manner;
- Do not damage (or allow another party to damage) the rental unit/premises; and
- Refrain from disturbing other tenant’s enjoyment of the premises.
- Inventory (NRS 118A.200(k)): The lease agreement must include a signed record of the inventory and condition of the premises.
- Lead Paint Disclosure: In accordance with federal law, if a landlord of a rental dwelling built before 1978 has knowledge of any lead paint hazards in the dwelling, they must inform tenants of them. Landlords must also give tenants a federally-issued pamphlet that discusses the matter in detail.
- Non-Refundable Fees (NRS 118A.242(8)): If the landlord wishes to charge a non-refundable fee for cleaning, they must expressly disclose this in the lease. In all other cases, leases may not include any provision characterizing any security deposit as nonrefundable or any provision waiving or modifying a tenant’s rights.
- Nuisance Disclosure (NRS 118A.200(l)): The lease agreement must include a summary of the provisions detailed in NRS 202.470.
- Pending Foreclosure (NRS 118A.275): The landlord must disclose to tenants if the property to be leased or rented is subject to any foreclosure proceedings.
Maximum (NRS 118A.242): A maximum of three (3) months’ rent equivalent may be demanded by the landlord as a security deposit.
Returning to Tenant (NRS 118A.242): The landlord must return the security deposit within thirty (30) days of the termination of the tenancy. If the landlord will retain any part of the security deposit, they must furnish the tenant with an itemized written accounting of how the security deposit will be distributed. These must be returned personally at the place where the rent is paid, or mail it to the tenant at the tenant’s present address or, if it is unknown, at the tenant’s last known address.
Deposit Interest: No statute.