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Brian J Smith Sept. 26, 2018


You don’t own your home. Someone else does. You’re a renter. So what rights can you possibly have?

More than you might think, actually. Here are just a few of the high points, presented by Las Vegas defense lawyers who care.

Security Deposits

One of the most annoying parts of the whole relationship with your landlord is the security deposit — the money demanded up front to cover any repairs that must be made as a result of the time you live in the space. But did you know that there’s a limit to the amount you can be charged for a deposit? Or the length of time the money can be held?

By Nevada law, you can’t be charged more than an amount equivalent to three months’ rent. And your deposit must be returned to you (minus the legitimate cost of damages) no more than 30 days after you’ve left the premises. Here are a few more rules, regulations and details on that topic.

There’s Legal Recourse

Think you’ve been treated unfairly by your landlord? Do you believe your deposit was confiscated for no good reason? If you have reason to think you’ve been taken advantage of financially, you can do something about it. You can sue your former landlord for as much as $7,000 in small claims court. Here’s how.

Financial and Contractual Protection

Your lease is a contract, and by signing it you have certain rights under Nevada law. For instance, your landlord can raise the rent after your lease period, but you must be given 45 days’ notice. You also have five days to catch up with late rent payments or to move out before your landlord can start the process of having you evicted for failure to pay rent. You’ll find details here.

In short, you’re not defenseless just because you’re renting your home rather than owning it. You still have rights within the space in which you live. You can learn a lot more about your rights and responsibilities as a renter in Nevada here.

Legal Assistance Available

You’re not alone. If you have problems you can’t address on your own, you can find legal assistance from the best criminal defense attorney Las Vegas. Simply call Brian J. Smith, Criminal Defense Attorney, today. We’ll discuss your situation and begin to fight back against an unfair landlord relationship.

Call me today. I can be reached at 702-380-8248.