Nevada’s AB194 – Tenant Damage to Property

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evictionShort, and sweet, Nevada’s AB 194 was passed by both houses of the legislature, and signed by the governor this week. It becomes law on October 1, 2013.

 

The new law specifically calls for criminal liability for renters who willfully damage or destroy the rental property:

“This bill clarifies that a person who holds a leasehold interest in the real property of another person may be criminally liable for the willful or malicious destruction or injury of that real property.”

 

The text of the bill is nice and simple:

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. NRS 206.310 is hereby amended to read as follows:
206.310 1. Every person who shall willfully or maliciously destroy or injure any real or personal property of another, for the destruction or injury of which no special punishment is otherwise specially prescribed, shall be guilty of a public offense proportionate to the value of the property affected or the loss resulting from such offense.
2. It is not a defense that the person engaging in the conduct prohibited by subsection 1 holds a leasehold interest in the real property that was destroyed or injured.”

 

Tip for Nevada Property Managers: This might be good language to add to your residential and commercial lease agreements, as a deterrent to willful property damage. At the very least, you’ll want to remind your tenants of this provision of law if you become aware of any tenant-caused damage to the property.

 

 

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Judy’s Bill Watch List – Nevada 2013 Legislature

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NevadaThis is shaping up to be a very light year for bills impacting the property management industry in Nevada. Both landlords and tenants have little to watch, in terms of new legislation on the horizon. Property Managers may be interested in a few of the items on my watch list, however.

 

Unless something changes significantly in the next few weeks, this is the last of my posts on the Nevada 2013 Legislature. I’ll keep you informed, however, should circumstances warrant a “heads up” for Nevada Property Managers. For now, in no particular order, here’s what I’m watching. You’ll note that each bill number listed links to the bill information itself:

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Nevada Seeks to Protect Tenants Who Are Domestic Abuse Victims

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stopping handProperty Managers in Nevada will want to follow this one…

 

Nevada Assembly members Lucy Flores and Elliot Anderson have introduced legislation that, if passed, would significantly amend the state’s Landlord/Tenant law to allow early lease termination for victims of domestic violence.

 

AB 284, introduced on March 15th, would allow a tenant to terminate his/her lease on 30 days’ notice, and/or require the landlord to change the locks on the rented property, if that tenant can substantiate that he/she is a domestic violence victim. The proposed bill provides three alternative methods of establishing the tenant’s status:  Continue reading “Nevada Seeks to Protect Tenants Who Are Domestic Abuse Victims”

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Nevada Legislature 2013: AB 334

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belt with tools holding by manJust introduced yesterday, AB 334 is the bill we’ve all been waiting to see. It’s short and sweet; only 4 pages, but its impact is a big one! The bill summary reads:

“AN ACT relating to contractors; exempting certain property owners, licensed real estate brokers and salespersons from provisions relating to contractors; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.”

 

As Contractor’s License Law in Nevada currently provides, a property owner may build or improve a residential structure on his/her property, as long as the structure is intended for the owner’s occupancy, and not for sale or lease within a year. AB 334 removes the limitation that the property be solely for the owner’s occupancy, unless a building permit is required for the work.

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