Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to lengthen Nevada’s eviction process — derided by attorneys and tenant advocates as one of the most “lightning” fast eviction processes in the nation.
Under the current law, landlords are required to serve a notice in writing informing tenants they have to either pay the rent or leave the property within five days. Tenants can also challenge landlords in court, though court officials and tenant rights advocates say more often than not tenants do not do so.
Senate Bill 151 would double the time period tenants have to respond from five days to ten.
If a court rules against the tenant, a sheriff or constable can remove the person within 24 hours. The bill would also increase that time frame to 48 hours.
Eviction Lab, a data-driven project led by sociologist Matthew Desmond, frames America’s eviction process as the result of deeper social issues such as the failure to adequately address poverty and the affordable housing crisis. “Eviction functions as a cause, not just a condition of poverty,” Desmond says.
The project estimated 25,000 eviction filings in Nevada in 2016, with about 13,000 resulting in evictions. According to lawyers and renters’ advocates, most evictions aren’t brought to the court so don’t show up in data.
State Sen. Julia Ratti, who plans to introduce several bills this legislative session to address affordable housing, was listed among the primary sponsor alongside senators Yvanna Cancela, Pat Spearman and David Parks.