A Nebraska lease agreement is a legally binding document between a landlord and a tenant, written per Nebraska’s landlord-tenant laws. The landlord agrees to rent all (or a portion of) their property to a tenant for a fee, and the tenant agrees to the lease agreement’s terms and conditions.
Some information on a Nebraska lease agreement includes the tenant’s and landlord’s information, the address of the premises, the allocation of pets, the recognition of any health hazards or risks, and details about rent payments.
Required Lease Disclosures
§ 76-1401 to 76-1449 refer to the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, which dictates all the laws for landlords and tenants to follow. Within this act, the main disclosure is that the landlord must provide an official address for notices and specify all individuals who are allowed to enter the property (§ 76-1417).
Federal law (42 U.S. Code § 4852d) states that a landlord must disclose that any property built before 1978 might cause a tenant exposure to lead-based paint.
A landlord may request up to one month’s rent as a security deposit from a tenant. If the tenant has pets, a landlord cannot charge a pet deposit of more than one-fourth of the monthly rent.
A landlord must return a tenant’s security deposit within 14 days of the end of the lease (§ 76-1416).
Landlord Right of Entry
A landlord must provide at least one day’s advance notice to a tenant before entering the rental property (§ 76-1423). This statute also states the landlord:
- Can only enter at reasonable times
- May enter unprompted in case of an emergency
- Has a right of access if the tenant surrenders or abandons the property
Small Claims Court
The dollar amount limit for small claims court in Nebraska is $3,900 (Nebraska Supreme Court Rules, § 6-1462). So, a tenant may sue a landlord for up to this amount for an unreturned security deposit.
Here’s a Nebraska lease agreement template for you to download as a PDF or Word file. It can help you start renting your property more efficiently following your standards and the state’s statutes: