Being a landlord in Las Vegas, Nevada can be tough. When you needed to evict a tenant, for non-payment of rent for example, you better be prepared to lose more money not only for the filing fees but also for the lost rental income due to the long eviction process. If you get unlucky with bad tenants, they can maximize the “free rent” during the eviction process and will leave their junk in your property like you can see from the video below:
Every eviction process should start with an eviction notice. For non-payment of rent, you can go forward with the 5-day quit or pay notice the day after the rent is due and the paper is served by the Constable’s Office the next business day. The tenant will be given 5 business days to contest the notice and you can return after that period to continue the eviction process.
Filing of Summary Eviction
After you return to the Constable’s Office, you will be handed the actual notice that you will need to take to the Justice Court for the filing of the Summary Eviction. Filing fee is $49. If the judge orders eviction, immediately bring Instructions to Constable’s Office and pay lock-out fee. If Judge gives tenant a day and time to pay or vacate, you must call the court and ask them to forward the order to Constable’s Office.
Remember that after filing with the court, you will be handed an Instruction Sheet which you should bring back to the Constable’s where you will need to pay Lock-Out fees ($42.00 plus $4.00/mile). If the court kept your instructions, you need to go there first to pick them up.
Locking-Out of the Property
Once the court order is received, the notice will be posted the next business day and they will lock-out property the following business day. Either you or a locksmith must change the locks by the time the deputy puts the seal on the door. Deputy will contact you between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. the day of the scheduled lockout to set-up a time to meet. Make sure that you set aside a time for this because the eviction cannot be completed or postponed if you are not available. If the Constable’s Office are unable to contact you on the day of the lock out or you are unprepared to change the locks and we have to cancel the appointment, you will be required to pay for the eviction again.
Storing Tenant’s Property
When an eviction is completed, it’s not the end of the losses yet for the landlord. He must store the tenant’s property for 30 days (it’s not as if we have some cheap london storage solution here)! The landlord cannot charge back rent, of course, but he can charge a reasonable storage fee. The tenant has to arrange with the Landlord to pick up their property. The landlord may contact a storage company to have tenant’s property inventoried and stored. Prior to the last 14 days, the landlord should notify the tenant in writing, by certified mail, that he is disposing the property after the time has lapse.
Evicting a tenant is a very tiring process. It can take more than a month to complete since the whole process only considers business days. Holidays and weekends are not counted.