In October 2015, a new Nevada changed the way in which landlords can remove "squatters" (i.e., individuals who broke into a vacant unit and occupied it) from residential property.  The new law created two new crimes: "housbreaking" and "unlawful occupancy."  The first step for a home owner, if he discovers a squatter, is to contact the police department to report the squatter.  The next steps depend on whether the police arrest the squatter:

IF THE SQUATTER IS ARRESTED:

The landlord may change the locks immediately.  The landlord must also post a "Notice of Retaking Possession and.or Changing Locks."  The notice must remain on the property for 21 days. The landlord must also file a "Statement Regarding Retaking Possession" within 24 hours of posting the notice.

IF THE SQUATTER IS NOT ARRESTED:

The landlord cannot change the locks without court permission!  The landlord must serve a Four Day Notice of Surrender on the squatter and then file a Complaint for Removal with the Justice Court.  The judge will then sign the order and the constable's office will remove the squatter.
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