- Anything injurious to health, or indecent and offensive to the senses, or an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property. This broad category can apply to many types of situation. It would probably apply to a neighbor who regularly burns trash, sending dirty smoke into adjacent lots. It could also apply to a neighbor who constantly parks a vehicle where it prevents access to another person’s property.
- A building or place used in connection with the manufacture, storage, or sale of a controlled substances. There are two dimensions to Nevada’s “drug house” law. It can apply to any place where illegal substances are made, sold or given away. This law could be applied to stop a neighbor from throwing parties where illegal drugs are routinely made available to guests. The law also provides mechanisms for stopping the manufacture of illegal drugs. An obvious example would be the case of a basement “meth lab” that is venting toxic fumes into neighboring properties.
- A building or place regularly and continuously used by members of a criminal gang to engage in or facilitate criminal activity.
In a perfect world conflicts between neighbors would get resolved without needing to resort to the legal system. But sometimes a neighbor’s bad behavior forces a homeowner to do more than just make a friendly request. When a neighbor’s actions are severe enough, the legal theory of nuisance can be a source of potential relief. Under Nevada law a number of things can give rise to a nuisance claim. NRS 40.140 provides that the following things constitute actionable nuisance: