What you need to know to protect your property from squatters in Nevada.

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Are you worried that squatters will stay in your rental property in Nevada? If so, Nevada’s property laws should put your mind at ease. Today, I’m explaining Nevada’s property laws and three easy things you can do to protect yourself and your property from potential squatters. You’ll also be glad to know that the viral videos about squatters refusing to leave leased properties are based in another city that has different property laws from Nevada. In New York, if a squatter is proven to have stayed in the property for 30 days, they will be considered a legal tenant. This means that after 30 days, the owners will have to take the squatter to court in order to legalize the eviction process, which may take months.


Over the last decade of my experience in managing real estate, we’ve only had to evict three squatters, and they were all in 2010 during the Great Recession. If it weren’t for that economic crisis, it’s likely I never would have had to evict any squatters during my career. 


“Nevada’s property laws are stronger than some other states.”


So, how can you ensure your real estate properties I’m managing in Nevada are protected from squatters? Here are three ways:


1. Using my own lease has been crucial in securing properties from squatters, given that the latter will likely use the Las Vegas Realtor lease, which can be easily found online. This means that I won’t have difficulty in proving that the lease being used by the squatter does not match with the one I use.


2. I use DocuSign to sign the lease wherein digital signatures have time stamps that serve as additional evidence to prove that a squatter is not a tenant. This move adds extra security to the property.


3. I show all the evidence to the police. In Nevada, the most important thing to prove is that the squatter is in fact, squatting on a property. Being armed with the necessary documents makes it easy to prove to authorities if an individual is a tenant or not.


So, if you have rental properties in Nevada, don’t worry about squatters. We manage it very well with preemptive measures, and Nevada also has good laws that protect your rights as property owners. If you are interested in having your property managed, please call or email me. I would be more than happy to help!