Local officials mostly mum on legislation granting them authority to address housing crisis

BY: - May 19, 2023

As rents skyrocketed in the aftermath of the pandemic and have continued squeezing Nevadans in the last year, local officials on numerous occasions stressed state law restricted them from taking action to address the housing crisis. Now given a chance to weigh in on legislation that would clarify their authority, local governments have been mostly […]

Lawmakers propose solution to address racist covenants in legal property documents

BY: - May 12, 2023

History researchers at UNR estimate Washoe County alone has at least 11,000 racist covenants, legal property documents that once restricted anyone not white from purchasing or living in the home. While the covenants, a relic of the Jim Crow era, are unconstitutional and unenforceable, Democratic state Sen. Dallas Harris is proposing a way to redact […]

Measure designed to increase stock of affordable rentals ignores low-income demand

BY: - May 10, 2023

Democratic Assembly Majority Leader Sandra Jauregui told lawmakers Monday her measure requiring local governments to track housing developments and expedite the application and zoning processes “will bring more homes online” in Nevada. “And with an increased supply and inventory, whether that’s affordable housing units, market rate units, apartment units or homes for people to buy, […]

Lawmakers look to fix, extend 2021 eviction prevention measure

BY: - May 4, 2023

Lawmakers are working to remedy 2021 legislation that pauses eviction proceedings when a rental application is pending after a Las Vegas judge told them the process has been “crippling.” Senate Bill 335 would prevent tenants waiting for rental assistance from being evicted for 60 days while applications are processed, and would extend some protections passed […]

Tenant protections addressing hidden fees, rental applications move forward at the legislature

BY: - April 30, 2023

Lawmakers have advanced several tenant protection bills seeking to rein in practices that nickel-and-dime tenants through hidden fees for paying rent, applying for apartments or requesting maintenance repairs.  Amid skyrocketing rents, which have increased between 20% and 30% in parts of the state since 2020, legislators have been pressed to find solutions to address rampant […]

NLV mayor, state senator spar over sinking homes 

BY: - April 28, 2023

When Gary and Cinthia Arnett bought their North Las Vegas home in 2020, they had no idea the ground beneath their Windsor Park neighborhood was literally shifting beneath their feet, and had been for decades. They didn’t know that in the last 30 years about half the Windsor Park houses had been condemned or purchased […]

NLV backs off plan to buy Texas Station land for mixed use development

BY: - April 26, 2023

The City of North Las Vegas says it’s not buying 73 acres of vacant land at the sites of the bulldozed Texas Station and Fiesta, despite a request to the state to pitch in $10 million in funds earmarked for affordable housing toward the $80 million price tag. In September of last year, city manager […]

Proposal would track corporate owners within NV housing market, limit purchasing power

BY: - April 18, 2023

An ambitious proposal to track, and limit the influence of, corporate investors within Nevada’s strained housing market passed out of a Senate committee last week with bipartisan support. Senate Bill 395 would have the secretary of state’s office create and maintain a public registry of the corporations and limited liability companies that purchase or own […]

Attempt to clarify long-running confusion over local authority becomes debate on ‘rent control’

BY: - April 18, 2023

Legislation to clarify local government’s ability to address the housing crisis, which Democratic state Sen. Edgar Flores considered a “straightforward” proposal since it only required clearing up existing law, turned into a debate over “rent control” and how much governing power municipalities should have. Senate Bill 371 would expressly give counties and cities the authority […]

Who wants to have a conversation on corporate landlords (and the taxes they do or don’t pay)?

BY: - April 17, 2023

If you are a renter, who owns your home? Who owns the advertising billboard you pass everyday on your commute to work? Who owns the casino where the event advertised on that billboard is happening? Who owns the office complex where you work? Increasingly, the answer in Nevada is a real estate investment trust, or […]

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State senator vows to help owners of sinking homes in North Las Vegas

BY: - April 14, 2023

State Sen. Dina Neal says she’ll ask the state to appropriate $10 million and the City of North Las Vegas for $20 million more to relocate any of 90 or so remaining residents of Windsor Park, a neighborhood of sinking homes that residents say has been forgotten by the City of North Las Vegas. “I […]

Address rent now or homelessness later, lawmakers told

BY: - April 12, 2023

When Kristine Schachinger moved to Nevada nearly two decades ago after being priced out of the Virginia rental market, she was excited her $780 in monthly rent was not only affordable but meant she no longer needed to rely on a grueling work commute.  “In Virginia, I had to live 70 miles away from where […]