Adverse action by landlord based solely upon request for emergency assistance prohibited; request for emergency assistance may not be deemed nuisance; exceptions; remedies.
A landlord shall not take any adverse action against a tenant, including, without limitation, evicting, imposing a fine or taking any other punitive action against the tenant, based solely upon the tenant or another person in the dwelling of the tenant requesting emergency assistance if the tenant or other person had a reasonable belief that an emergency response was necessary or that criminal activity may have occurred, regardless of any other previous requests for emergency assistance by the tenant or other person.
A local government or other political subdivision of this State shall not deem there to be a nuisance or take any other adverse action against the landlord of a dwelling based solely upon the tenant or another person in the dwelling of the tenant requesting emergency assistance in accordance with subsection 1.
Any local charter, code, ordinance, regulation or other law that conflicts with this section is void and unenforceable.
This section does not:
Prohibit a landlord from taking any action necessary to abate a nuisance on the property pursuant to NRS 40.140 or 202.450 or taking any other action which is not in conflict with the provisions of this section, including, without limitation, commencing eviction proceedings in accordance with the provisions of chapter 40 of NRS for any nuisance discovered by or reported to the landlord by a peace officer as a result of a request for emergency assistance pursuant to subsection 1;
Authorize a tenant to breach any provision of a rental agreement that is not in conflict with this section or to violate any other provision of law;
Prohibit a landlord from taking any action necessary to cure a breach of any provision of a rental agreement or any other provision of law by a tenant which is discovered by or reported to the landlord by a peace officer as a result of a request for emergency assistance pursuant to subsection 1; or
Prohibit a local government or other political subdivision of this State from taking any action against a landlord or a tenant to abate a nuisance or a violation of any local law, ordinance or regulation which is discovered by a peace officer while responding to a request for emergency assistance pursuant to subsection 1.
In addition to any other remedies, a tenant, landlord or district attorney may bring a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction for a violation of this section to seek any or all of the following relief:
Declaratory and injunctive relief.
Reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.
Any other legal or equitable relief that the court deems appropriate.
As used in this section:
“Emergency assistance” means assistance provided by an agency of the State of Nevada or a political subdivision of this State that provides police, fire-fighting, rescue, emergency medical services or any other services related to public safety.
“Peace officer” means any person upon whom some or all of the powers of a peace officer are conferred pursuant to NRS 289.150 to 289.360, inclusive.