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Clark County official asks public for ‘rent spike stories,’ calls for rent control

The Las Vegas Strip glows at dusk within view of new homes built on the edge of town, Tuesday,...
The Las Vegas Strip glows at dusk within view of new homes built on the edge of town, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010 in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)(AP)
Published: Feb. 24, 2022 at 10:23 PM PST
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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A Clark County commissioner is calling for change in Nevada rent laws after significant spikes have pushed Las Vegas Valley residents to their breaking points or even to homelessness.

FOX5 reported that a Las Vegas man received a rental notice increase of $6,400 a month.

Though the landlord declined answer how any tenant could afford that rent increase, the landlord sent the following statement: “The rent is whatever we want to deem it. Nevada has no rent control law. NO ONE is obligating anyone to rent a property they cannot afford.”

“That is, in my opinion, really disgusting ... This is not the time to to raise the roof. We are stretched to our limits,” said Commissioner William McCurdy II of District D, responding to the rent notice from our story.

McCurdy has been vocal at county meetings in recent months, noting seniors who have seen their rents double.

“We have to have a conversation. Some may call it rent control. Some call it balance. Whatever we call it, we call it doing the right thing,” McCurdy said. “More people unfortunately  are entering homelessness each and every day. These are people that are the literally the working poor, they can’t afford the $300 increase.”

McCurdy is calling for meetings among stakeholders to include lawmakers, landlords and others who could craft a solution for Nevada business and tenant interests. McCurdy is also asking for viewers to submit their rental raise stories, and would also like to hear from landlords, as well.

Viewers can submit their stories to McCurdy’s office at ccdistd@ClarkCountyNV.gov.