Housing

Short-term rental law unlikely to curb Vegas party houses

BY: - June 7, 2021

A contentious bill passed by state lawmakers on the final day of the Legislature forces Clark County to regulate short-term rentals, which are currently banned in unincorporated areas of the valley. But it’s unlikely to put an end to the most troublesome variety  — the party houses — whose owners are finding creative ways to […]

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7 notable bills that passed on Memorial Day, briefly explained

BY: - June 1, 2021

During the last day of the 2021 Legislative session, all eyes were fixed on the last minute bill taxing the mining industry. But lawmakers also passed a slew of legislation in the final hours, including long-overdue criminal justice reforms, steps toward creating a public health option, and the end of Nevada’s state-run caucus in favor […]

With eviction cases resuming, tenants urged to respond to all notices, be proactive

BY: - May 27, 2021

After being unemployed and struggling financially for 10 months, Richard Calhoun finally applied for rental assistance in January.  His application still hasn’t been approved by the CARES Housing Assistance Program. Speaking to members of Nevadans for the Common Good, a faith-based coalition that organizes around social justice issues, Calhoun worried about getting caught up on […]

Appraisals lag home prices, crippling buyers

BY: - May 25, 2021

Nevada’s housing market is once again moving too fast for appraisals to keep pace with values and it’s sidelining would-be buyers who require mortgages, according to Las Vegas Realtors president Aldo Martinez.   “That’s a constant now,” says Martinez.  “They are $40,000 off, $60,000 off.  They aren’t even in the neighborhood.”  The gap between appraised and […]

Buckley makes case for using ARP funds to stave off evictions

BY: - May 25, 2021

In her more than 30 years with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Barbara Buckley told lawmakers Monday, she has never experienced a year like 2020, which was marked by record unemployment rates and an eviction crisis.  “Not 9/11 when the planes stopped flying to our tourist economy, and certainly not the last foreclosure […]

Last minute legislation would prevent evictions if tenants seek assistance

BY: - May 21, 2021

With Nevada’s eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of month, which housing justice advocates and legal groups say could overwhelm the court with cases and lead to thousands of lockouts, the Assembly introduced legislation that could slow the impact. Assembly Bill 486 would stay an eviction proceeding if a tenant has an application […]

Opposed by landlord groups, tenant protections bill stalls out in Assembly

BY: - May 13, 2021

When asked if the legislation bolstering tenant protections was dead, bill sponsor state Sen. Julia Ratti said “it looks that way.” Democratic Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui said Wednesday that Senate Bill 218, which would have mandated a three-day grace period before charging late fees on rent, puts stipulations on when landlords can collect rental application fees and […]

Expert: Vacation rental bill a ‘Trojan Horse’

BY: - May 4, 2021

A measure purporting to restrict short-term rentals, collect millions of dollars in lost lodging taxes, protect neighborhoods, and preserve affordable housing is a ‘Trojan Horse’ according to one expert who says vacation rental behemoth Airbnb is a driving force behind the effort.   The measure, which targets Clark County alone, would “give Airbnb permission to make […]

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Apartment lobby opposes bill after praising it on TV

BY: - April 30, 2021

They were against it before they were for it before they were against it. At a Friday state Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for a proposal to automatically seal pandemic-related evictions, the Nevada State Apartment Association testified in opposition to the legislation, despite earlier public comments in support of the bill.   During an appearance on PBS’s […]

Housing advocates ask lawmakers not to ‘water down’ tenant protections

BY: - April 26, 2021

When it comes to tenant protections and the eviction process, housing activists and indigent defense lawyers have long argued that Nevada, like most states, has a lopsided power imbalance that favors landlords.  Even when tenants and landlords both have something to lose, the stakes just aren’t the same, said Bailey Bortolin, the statewide advocacy, outreach […]

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Nevada Legislature needs to act now to protect renters

BY: - April 23, 2021

I was evicted in May 2019 and it was devastating to me and my economic security. Since then, I have struggled with housing insecurity, which left me especially vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not having secure housing negatively impacted my job prospects. Because I was constantly moving from place to place so often and didn’t […]

Siding with industry yet again, lawmakers reject affordable housing measures

BY: - April 13, 2021

Lawmakers know full well about how Nevada ranks worst in the nation for affordable housing, leaving an estimated 44 percent of the residents who rent at risk of housing instability and homelessness.  Yet some affordable housing advocates and social service providers can’t help but marvel at how legislators still seem more beholden to people who […]