Illegal Lockouts and Utility Shutoffs

Lockouts

Only a Sheriff or Constable can lock you out of your dwelling. A Sheriff or Constable will conduct a lockout only when a judge orders an eviction. A private individual, such as a landlord, cannot conduct a lockout without a Sheriff or Constable.

Under NRS 118A.390, you must file a complaint for expedited relief due to the lockout within five judicial days after being locked out. You will receive a hearing within three judicial days after filing. If the court agrees that the landlord unlawfully locked you out, the court may: (a) order your landlord to restore your access to the premises, (b) award you damages, including $2,500 in statutory damages, and (c) order your landlord from locking you out against the risk of contempt of court.

See our forms page for links to sample forms.  In southern Nevada, visit the Civil Law Self Help Center for forms.

Utility Shut-Offs

NRS 118A.390 also prohibits a landlord from intentionally interrupting an essential items or service, such as door locks, power or water service. You must file a complaint for expedited relief based on the lack of essential services within five judicial days after your landlord turns off or takes away the essential service or item. You will receive a hearing within three judicial days after filing. If the court agrees that the landlord unlawfully turned off the essential service, the court may: (a) order your landlord to restore your access to the essential service, (b) award you damages, including $2,500 in statutory damages, and (c) order your landlord from turning off the essential service at the risk of contempt of court.

See our forms page for links to sample forms.  In southern Nevada, visit the Civil Law Self Help Center for forms.

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