Landlord / Tenant Issues


This information is furnished as a public service by Washoe Legal Services (WLS). This is not a substitute for specific legal advice.

WLS is a private, nonprofit corporation providing free legal assistance to low income residents of Washoe County in certain civil law matters.

Each section addresses some common landlord/tenant questions arising in Washoe County, Nevada. It is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion of all landlord tenant law. It starts with security deposits, which are frequently required when the tenant moves in. A landlord's obligations regarding repairs, essential services and rent increases come next, then unlawful entry by the landlord and other tenant’s rights. How a tenancy can be ended through service of notice and termination of rental agreements follows. Unlawful acts by landlords such as lockouts and retaliation are then covered. The section concludes with a tenant's rights regarding personal property left behind after the tenant leaves the property.

Most landlord tenant matters are resolved in Justice Courts for the township where the rental property is located.

In Washoe County the justice courts are:

 Sparks Justice Court (775) 325-6501 M-Th 9am to 4pm
 Incline Village Justice Court (775) 832-4100 M-Th 8am to 4pm
 Reno Justice Court

(775) 325-6500 Criminal

(775) 325-6501 Civil

T-F   8am to 5pm
(4pm for transactions
requiring fees paid.)
Closed for lunch:
12:15pm to 1:30PM daily.

 Wadsworth Justice Court (775) 575-4585 M-Th 8am to 5pm



Unless otherwise stated, the laws outlined herein are applicable only to tenants in private housing. The site does not apply to tenants who reside in public housing or other types of government-subsidized housing. For information regarding your rights as a tenant in publicly subsidized housing in Washoe County, contact Nevada Legal Services at (775) 284-3491. If you are unsure as to the applicability of the law, you should contact a legal services agency or an attorney of your choice.

Link to Sections:
Security Deposits
Repairs and Deductions

Essential Services

Rent Increases, Rules or Regulations Changes

Entry and Other Tenant’s Rights

Termination of Rental Agreements

Service of Notice

Non-Payment of Rent


Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act
Property Left Behind

Additional information