Nebraska Tenant Rights Laws
Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors | Last reviewed October 05, 2017
If you're a renter, you know there's no shortage of problems that can arise throughout the landlord-tenant relationship. Without the guidelines and protections found in Nebraska's landlord-tenant laws, dealing with these issues would be even more difficult. Read on to learn more about Nebraska's tenant rights laws and how they might apply to your situation.
Tenant Rights: From Discrimination to Eviction
Even before a tenancy begins, Nebraska law prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, familial status, and other protected characteristics. Discrimination includes refusing to rent to someone or offering alternative terms and conditions based on those protected traits. Additionally, at the start of your tenancy, state law caps the amount your landlord may charge you for the security deposit to the equivalent of one month's rent.
Your landlord must also provide and maintain the premises in a habitable condition such that it complies with the applicable minimum housing codes that materially affect health and safety. This includes performing necessary repairs and maintaining heating, air conditioning, and elevator services if those are supplied or required to be supplied by the landlord. However, you and your landlord can agree in writing that you will be responsible for certain repair and maintenance tasks instead.
These laws are meant to protect your rights and clarify your responsibilities throughout the tenancy. Therefore, it's also important to note that Nebraska law prohibits your landlord from retaliating against you by raising the rent or threatening to evict you for requesting repairs or exercising any of your other tenant rights.
Nebraska Tenant Rights Laws at a Glance
The chart below provides a summary of Nebraska state law governing the landlord-tenant relationship, including links to key statutes.
Ending or Renewing a Tenancy
Note: State regulations are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Nebraska Tenant Rights Laws: Related Resources
- Nebraska Lease and Rental Agreement Laws
- Nebraska Landlord and Tenant Handbook
- Tenant Lease Agreement FAQs
- Tenants' Rights Basics
- U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in Nebraska
- Nebraska Fair Housing
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