When can a landlord lock me out of my rental property?
Generally, landlords are entitled to lock you out only if they have cause to believe that you have abandoned the premises or with the authorization of a court in a legal eviction proceeding. The landlord can lock you out on the basis of abandonment if he in fact knows you have abandoned the premises or if you have been absent for one half of the rental period without paying current rent or giving the landlord written notice of your intended absence.
NRS 118A.450

Otherwise, the landlord cannot take possession of your rental property unless you surrender it or he takes it pursuant to a court order.
NRS 118A.480

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Tenant's Right in Foreclosure

What are a tenant's rights upon foreclosure?

If the property is not yet rented, the landlord must disclose in writing to a prospective tenant that the property to be leased or rented is the subject of foreclosure proceedings. Then the tenant can make an informed deciion as to whether or not he/she wants to get into that situation. A landord who knowingly violates this requirement may be guilty of deceptive trade practices. NRS 118A.275.

If the property goes into foreclosure and is sold after it is rented, a tennant may be removed after receiving a notice of the change of ownership and after the expiration of a notice period beginning on the date the notice was received by the tenant and expiring:

  1. For all periodic tenancies with a period of less than 1 month, after not less than the number of days in the period; and
  2. For all other periodic tenancies or tenancies at will, after not less than 60 days. NRS 40.255.2

{Note: The federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act which gave tenants a 90 day grace period is no longer in effect. It expired December 31, 2014 and was not renewed.}

Property Left Behind

What happens to personal property left behind when you move or are evicted?
Tenants who move, or tenants who have been evicted, continue to own the personal property that was left in the apartment or dwelling they rented. The landlord must protect the property for at least 30 days. The landlord can charge reasonable expenses for the storage, cost of moving and inventory of your property.
NRS 118A.460

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