A Beginner's Guide to Nebraska Eviction Laws
The right to safe, secure housing is often a basic right that many people take for granted. Sometimes, a tenant thinks they've found a good home, but eventually has problems with the landlord. If you are being threatened with eviction, it can be an overwhelming and scary process. We have created this guide to help you understand and get the help you need.
Reasons a Landlord can Evict in Nebraska
In Nebraska, there are a few reasons why a landlord can begin the eviction process.
Nonpayment of Rent
If a tenant is past due with rent, a landlord must serve a notice that the tenant must pay rent within three (3) days to avoid the eviction process.
Violation of the Lease Agreement
If the tenant has violated the terms of the lease or rental agreement, the landlord can provide a written notice that they must correct the issue within fourteen (14) days or the lease will be terminated in thirty (30) days.
When a tenant engages in illegal activity, the landlord must provide five (5) days written notice before proceeding with eviction. The illegal activities in Nebraska include:
- Illegal use/threat to use a firearm or weapon
- Possession of controlled substances
- Illegal sale of controlled substances
- Physical assault; threat of physical assault
- Other activity that would harm the health and/or safety of people or property on the rental premises
Note: If it was someone other than the tenant who was involved in the illegal activity, the tenant may be able to avoid eviction by proving that they filed a restraining order and/or reported the activity to law enforcement.
|Cause for Eviction||Period Notice Should Be Served|
|Non-Payment of Rent||3 days|
|Violation of Lease Agreement||14-day Notice to correct issues
30 days otherwise
|Illegal Activity||5 days|
End of Lease Term/No Lease
If the term of the lease has ended, or there is no lease, the landlord does not need a reason to end the tenancy.
Avoiding and Fighting an Eviction in Nebraska on Your Own
When you are threatened with an , there are several things you can do to protect your renters' rights.
- Know your rights, and understand your legal obligations. The best way to avoid potential eviction is to follow the law and not violate your lease.
- Read Nebraska's Landlord Tenant Laws
- Read and understand your lease
- Understand the reason for a potential eviction. If you receive a written notice of eviction, determine if you can correct the situation (pay the rent on time, correct a lease violation, etc.) or if you can provide the allegations are false/incorrect, so you can avoid the landlord starting the process of eviction.
- Seek assistance from tenant advocacy groups. They can help you understand your lease, Nebraska's landlord tenant laws and your renters' rights, and advise you on steps you can take to avoid potential eviction.
- Fight the eviction in court. If the eviction is based on allegations that are false, an act of retaliation, discrimination, or the landlord has not followed the law regarding evictions, you may be successful in fighting the eviction.
- Consult a tenant attorney. An attorney who is well versed and experienced with protecting tenants' rights can help you understand and protect your rights. This might end up being costly and time-consuming, but DoNotPay does provide an alternative solution.
Defend Your Rights with DoNotPay
Defending your renters' rights and protecting yourself from eviction can be stressful and overwhelming. If you need assistance, DoNotPay simplifies the entire process.
If you need assistance with renters' rights in Nebraska but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 4 easy steps:
- Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.
- Select which issue applies to you.
- Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.
- Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.
And that's it! You should hear back from your landlord directly once your demands are sent.
Answers to Your Rental Questions
DoNotPay is here to answer all of your rental questions, including
- Can you kick out a roommate?
- How do I get my security deposit back?
- How long does my landlord have to return my security deposit?
- How do I request repairs from my landlord?
- Which repairs are my landlord's responsibility?
- Can my landlord evict me without notice?
- Where do I file a complaint against my landlord?
- How do I sue my landlord for my deposit?
How Else Can DoNotPay Help Today?
Helping you protect yourself from eviction and fight for your renters' rights is just one of the many ways that DoNotPay can help.
We can also
- Sue in small claims court
- Find standardized legal documents
- Notarize documents
- Help with Section 8 housing
- Negotiate bills
- and more!
Whatever problem or issue you are facing, DoNotPay is here with a solution to save time and stress!