Despite pushback from Realtors, Sisolak signs tenant protections into law

we've let housing economics get so weird
Kent Weakley, Getty Images
we've let housing economics get so weird
Kent Weakley, Getty Images

Despite public pressure from Realtors, Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation Wednesday to lengthen the time frame of evictions and provide tenant protections.

Last minute amendments were added to Senate Bill 151 on the final day of session that capped rent late fees at 5 percent and allowed those who have been evicted to return to the property to retrieve essential items like medication and documents.

“This (legislation) attempts to swing the pendulum back a little closer to the middle,” Democratic state Sen. Julia Ratti previously told Nevada Current. “It’s not over the top. It doesn’t do anything outlandish. It means tenants have some protections while they maintain the one thing that is critical for every human — shelter.”

Following the legislature approving the added provisions, Realtors pushed to have the bill killed. Groups created stopsb151.com and put out digital advertisements calling Democratic lawmakers “shady.”

The legislation was part of a series of approaches to counter the effects of Nevada’s housing crisis.

Because there is a lack of low-income and affordable housing, housing rights advocates said landlords can take advantage of tenants. During the session, they fought for legislation offering more protections.

After Senate Bill 256 died, which would have prevented a landlord from applying rent payments to outstanding fees and would have required landlords to return security deposits in less than three weeks as opposed to 30 days under the current law, SB 151 was amended to include mild tenant protections.

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

6 COMMENTS

  1. It doesn’t go far enough to protect Nevada’s renters. Because of the Californication of Nevada, Tennant rents are on a STEEP INCREASE UP TO AN ADDITIONAL $200 EACH MONTH!! SOMEBODY PROTECT US!! THE AVERAGE PERSON ON SOCIAL SECURITY IN NV GETS $700-$1,000 PER MONTH. RENTS ARE $700-$1,300 PER MONTH FOR ONE BEDROOM APARTMENTS! WE SENIORS WILL SOON BE LIVING IN SEWER DRAINS!!

    • It sounds like your complaint should really be with the lack of social security increases meeting the rising cost of living.

  2. The only way to decrease rent is to increase supply. Landlords will be requiring much higher security deposits and last month’s rent in order to pay for deadbeats, and increased eviction costs. The government didn’t help the renters, they harmed them. The good renters will be paying for the bad.

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