A lease protects landlord and tenant, committing both to perform their obligations for a certain period of time. But sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. As a tenant, you may find yourself needing to move before your lease is up. This is easier to do in Nevada than some states. There are several circumstances under which a tenant can break their lease without having to pay rent for the entirety of the lease term and even if your situation does not give you legal justification, Nevada landlords are required to mitigate their damages by renting to someone else if possible. Each situation is unique. To find out how breaking your lease will affect you, talk to our Las Vegas real estate attorneys.
Breaking the Lease for Personal Reasons
In Nevada, you may break a lease without penalty for the following personal reasons:
- You are entering active military service – this is federal law and applies in all states
- You are 60 years old or older and have a mental or physical disability and need care that you cannot receive in the leased residence
- You have been a victim of domestic violence and have a protection order
Qualifying to break the lease does not mean you can just jump ship and disappear whenever you’re ready. There are still notification requirements and conditions that must be met. An experienced landlord/tenant attorney can advise you and guide you through the process.
Breaking the Lease Because You Have a Bad Landlord
When you have a bad landlord, a lease can feel like a prison sentence. But in Nevada, there are certain landlord problems you don’t have to put up with.
- Your landlord repeatedly enters your rental property without giving you 24 hours’ notice.
- Your landlord harasses you in ways such as changing the locks, turning off your utilities or removing windows above.
- The leased residence violates Nevada health or safety codes.
The conditions above will typically constitute constructive eviction, freeing you from the obligations of the lease. Again, you must follow proper procedure when acting on constructive eviction.
If you need to break your lease or are dealing with unlivable conditions, please call Carbajal Law at 702-592-8290 or email us today to find out how we can help.