Nebraska Rent Control Laws in 2024

Introduction to Nebraska’s Rent Control Laws

Nebraska is unique compared to many other states in that it does not have any statewide statutes regulating rent control or tenant rights. Landlords in Nebraska have broad discretion when it comes to setting and raising rent prices, without any caps imposed by the state legislature. 

However, some individual cities and municipalities in Nebraska have enacted local ordinances establishing forms of rent control. These local laws take precedence in their jurisdictions, creating exceptions to the general lack of statewide rent regulations.

While Nebraska may generally be considered a landlord-friendly state legally speaking, tenants still have important rights and protections guaranteed under the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act as well as other Nebraska statutes. Understanding rent control laws, allowable rent increases, proper notice requirements, security deposits, eviction procedures, and other tenant rights is key for both landlords and renters navigating leases in Nebraska.

This guide provides an overview of rent control and tenant rights laws in Nebraska, both at the state and local levels. It aims to help renters understand their rights, obligations, and options when dealing with landlords and rentals in Nebraska.

Rent Control in Nebraska

Nebraska does not have any statewide laws regulating or limiting how much a landlord can raise rent. Landlords have broad rights when it comes to raising rents in Nebraska. 

Unlike some states, there is no rent control law in Nebraska that caps annual rent increases. Landlords can raise rents by any amount, as frequently as they want, with proper advance notice given to the tenant.

Currently, no cities or counties in Nebraska have enacted local rent control ordinances. All municipalities follow the statewide laws, which do not limit or cap rental increases.

While the Nebraska legislature could pass a rent control law in the future, so far they have not put any limits on how much landlords can raise rents each year. The policy in Nebraska favors landlord rights over tenant protections when it comes to rent increases.

Some landlord-tenant attorneys argue Nebraska has some of the most landlord-friendly laws in the country. The state leans toward supporting landlord property rights over tenant interests.

So in summary, Nebraska does not have any form of statewide rent control. Landlords can increase rents without any cap on the amount or frequency of the increase. No individual cities or counties have rent control ordinances either.

Rent Increases

In Nebraska, landlords have the right to raise rent on rental properties with proper notice to tenants. This applies both to month-to-month rental agreements as well as fixed-term leases. 

When Can a Landlord Raise Rent in Nebraska?

A landlord can raise the rent at the following times:

  • At the end of a lease term when the lease is up for renewal. If the tenant renews for another fixed term, the landlord can raise the rent to any amount at the start of the new lease term.
  • During a current lease term if the lease specifically allows for rent increases. Typically the lease will specify the amount of notice required by the landlord as well as the frequency or amount of increases allowed.
  • For a month-to-month tenancy, the landlord can raise the rent at any time with proper written notice as required by Nebraska law (typically 30 days). 

Landlords in Nebraska do not face any statutory restrictions on the amount they can raise rent. As long as proper notice procedures are followed, there is no limit on the dollar amount or percentage increase a landlord can implement. The only restrictions are those the landlord has agreed to in the lease.

So in summary, Nebraska landlords have broad rights to raise rents on their properties with proper tenant notification. Rent control laws do not exist at the state level.

Notice Required for Rent Increases 

In Nebraska, landlords must provide proper notice before increasing rent on a rental unit. The amount of notice required depends on the type of rental agreement:

  • For a month-to-month rental agreement, the landlord must give at least 30 days' notice prior to the rent increase going into effect. 
  • For a fixed-term lease, the landlord typically must give between 30-60 days' notice before raising the rent during the existing lease term. The specific notice period required should be outlined in the original lease agreement.
  • If the lease does not specify a notice period, Nebraska law states that 30 days' notice must be given prior to a rent increase during an existing lease term.

The notice provided by the landlord regarding a rent increase must be in writing. It should state the new increased amount of rent and the date when the higher rental rate will go into effect. 

Providing proper advance notice is crucial - if a landlord increases the rent without adequate notice as required by law, the tenant may not be obligated to pay the higher amount until proper notice has been given.

Frequency of Rent Increases  

In Nebraska, there is no limit on how often a landlord can raise the rent, as long as proper notice is given each time. The landlord could theoretically raise the rent every month if they wanted to, as long as they provide the required notice repeatedly. This differs from states with rent control laws, where there is usually a cap on how often the rent can be increased within a 12-month period. Typically the limit is once per year, but sometimes states allow increases every 6 months.

Without any restrictions in Nebraska though, the frequency of rent hikes is entirely at the discretion of the landlord. The market and competition from other rental properties in the area may influence how often they choose to raise rents. But legally there is nothing stopping a landlord from increasing rents multiple times a year, or even every single month if desired. The only requirement is that they must provide tenants proper notice before each increase takes effect, in accordance with Nebraska law and the individual rental agreement. So renters should be aware that their rent could potentially go up frequently in Nebraska as long as the landlord follows the proper procedures.

Amount of Rent Increases

There are no legal limits on how much a landlord can raise the rent in Nebraska. Landlords have broad discretion to increase rents to any amount they choose. 

However, market conditions typically impact how much it is reasonable for a landlord to raise the rent. Dramatic rent increases could result in many vacancies if rents are raised far above the current market rates in the area.

Landlords need to balance maximizing profits with keeping units filled. Going too high above comparable rents for the neighborhood could backfire by driving away current tenants.

While landlords legally can raise the rent any amount at the end of a lease term or with proper notice, smart landlords keep the market value for rents in mind. Trying to extract maximum profits by exorbitant increases isn't a sustainable long-term strategy.

Tenants do have some indirect protections against extreme rent hikes in the form of market competition. If a landlord raises the rent far beyond what tenants are willing to pay, the tenants can move out once their lease ends. 

So in practice, Nebraska landlords can't unreasonably raise rents due to normal supply and demand economics, even though there are no legal caps or limits in place. The market effectively imposes some moderation and reasonableness on rent increases.

Nebraska Landlord-Tenant Laws

Nebraska has several key statutes that govern the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in the state. These include:

Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

This law outlines the duties of landlords and tenants in renting residential property. It covers topics like:

  • Security deposits - how much can be charged, interest owed, return of deposit
  • Disclosure of landlord information
  • Habitability requirements - landlord duties to maintain property 
  • Handling of abandoned property
  • Retaliatory conduct prohibitions

Landlord and Tenant Act 

Provides additional rules for landlord-tenant relationships including:

  • Notice periods for termination
  • Rent payment rules 
  • Eviction procedures
  • Anti-discrimination provisions
  • Treatment of personal property

Article 14, Chapter 76 

Statutes defining rights and duties for landlord-tenant arrangements. Includes rules for:

  • Rent payments and nonpayment consequences
  • Eviction procedures and notice requirements
  • Treatment of abandoned property
  • Landlord's right to enter rental property

Article 23, Chapter 69

Outlines processes for dispensing with abandoned or left behind personal property after a tenancy ends. Defines procedures for storage, notice to tenant, and sale of property.

By understanding these key Nebraska laws, tenants can protect their rights when renting property in the state.

Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

Nebraska tenant rights include the right to habitable and safe housing conditions. Under Nebraska law, landlords must provide a property that meets basic structural, health, and safety standards. For example, units must have hot and cold running water, heating, adequate weatherproofing, and be free of infestations. If a landlord fails to provide a habitable unit after being notified, tenants may have remedies such as withholding rent or terminating the lease.

Tenants also have a right to non-retaliation from their landlord in Nebraska. A landlord cannot harass, evict, or mistreat a tenant who has filed an official complaint or exercised other legal tenant rights. 

Tenants have a right to proper notice from their landlord before entry into the unit. Unless it's an emergency, landlords must provide at least 1 day advance notice to enter occupied rental units in Nebraska. Tenants also have a right to advance notice for termination of tenancy, which is typically 30 days for a month-to-month lease.

While enjoying rights, tenants also have basic responsibilities under Nebraska law:

  • Pay rent fully and on time as outlined in the lease agreement.
  • Properly dispose of garbage and refrain from littering on the premises.
  • Avoid damaging the rental unit and keep it clean and sanitary.
  • Avoid disturbing neighbors with loud noises or music.
  • Comply with rules and regulations outlined in the lease.
  • Provide proper notice when vacating and fulfill all lease requirements.

By understanding their rights and upholding their responsibilities, tenants can ensure positive relationships with landlords and smooth rental experiences. Many tenant rights are covered under Nebraska Revised Statute 76-1401 and following sections.

Security Deposits in Nebraska

Security deposits are regulated in Nebraska under the Landlord and Tenant Act and the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. These laws limit the maximum allowable security deposit, set documentation requirements, and establish timelines for returning deposits.

Maximum Security Deposit Amount

In Nebraska, landlords are allowed to collect a security deposit equivalent to 1 month's rent. For unfurnished units, the maximum security deposit is equal to 1 month's rent. For furnished units, the maximum allowable security deposit increases to 1.5x the monthly rent.

Documenting the Security Deposit 

Landlords in Nebraska must provide documentation of the security deposit to the tenant. This documentation should include the amount paid, an itemized list of any damages or repairs needed, and the remaining balance of the deposit being returned.

Tenants should also document the condition of the rental unit at move-in by taking photos or video. This provides evidence in case there is a dispute over deductions from the security deposit.

Returning Security Deposits in Nebraska

Nebraska law requires landlords to return any remaining balance of the tenant's security deposit within 14 days after the tenant has moved out and returned possession of the unit. 

If a landlord retains any portion of the deposit, they must provide the tenant with an itemized statement of damages and repair costs that are being deducted within this 14 day timeframe.

If a landlord fails to return the deposit or provide a statement of deductions within 14 days, the tenant can recover 1.5x the amount wrongfully withheld in a lawsuit.

Evictions in Nebraska 

In Nebraska, landlords must follow strict procedures to legally evict a tenant. There are only certain valid reasons for eviction under Nebraska law.

Reasons a Landlord Can Evict

  • Nonpayment of rent  
  • Lease violations after written notice and opportunity to comply
  • Damage to the property 
  • Criminal activity on the premises
  • Refusing the landlord reasonable entry 

A landlord cannot evict for discriminatory reasons, in retaliation for asserting tenant rights, or for no cause at all. 

Eviction Procedures in Nebraska

To evict a tenant, the landlord must provide proper written notice. This includes:

  • A 30 day notice to vacate for nonpayment of rent
  • A 30 day notice to comply or vacate for lease violations 
  • A 3 day notice to quit for waste, nuisance or illegal activity

If the tenant does not comply with the notice, the landlord can file an eviction lawsuit with the court. The landlord must prove proper notice was given and valid grounds for eviction exist.


An eviction hearing will be scheduled within 10-14 days. The tenant can present defenses against the eviction to the judge. 

If the court rules in the landlord's favor, a writ of restitution will be issued to forcibly remove the tenant if they don't vacate voluntarily. Police can supervise the lockout and removal of the tenant's belongings.

Tenant Defenses Against Eviction

Tenants have certain defenses they can raise in court to contest an eviction:

  • Improper notice was given
  • The eviction is discriminatory or retaliatory  
  • The eviction is for something out of the tenant's control
  • The premises are uninhabitable  
  • The eviction grounds are false

Tenants should obtain legal counsel to effectively argue these defenses in an eviction hearing. There are tenant advocacy organizations that provide free legal help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a limit on rent increase in Nebraska?

Nebraska does not have a state-imposed limit on how much a landlord can increase rent. Rent increases typically depend on the terms of the lease agreement, and for month-to-month tenancies, landlords must provide at least a 30-day notice before implementing a rent increase.

Is Nebraska a tenant-friendly state?

Nebraska offers a balance of protections for both tenants and landlords. While it does not heavily favor tenants like some states with more stringent rent control and eviction laws, it ensures basic rights and protections, such as the right to a habitable living environment and the requirement for landlords to make necessary repairs.

What reasons can you withhold rent in Nebraska?

In Nebraska, tenants may withhold rent if the landlord fails to address essential repairs or maintenance that affect the health or safety of the tenant. However, this must be done according to legal procedures, including notifying the landlord in writing and giving them a reasonable amount of time to make the repairs.

What's the most my landlord can raise my rent?

Since Nebraska does not have rent control laws, there is no statutory limit to how much a landlord can raise the rent. Any increase should be specified in the lease agreement for fixed-term leases, or given with proper notice, usually 30 days, for month-to-month leases.

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