Nebraska Renter’s Rights for Repairs

Nebraska Renter’s Rights for Repairs

Last Updated: May 29, 2023

In general, a landlord in Nebraska has to repair any issues at a rental property that could affect a tenant’s health or safety. The landlord must repair issues within 14 days of getting written notice from the tenant about the needed repairs.


Check leases carefully. Tenants can make a special written agreement to do repairs that would otherwise be the landlord’s responsibility. For single-family homes, this can include the landlord’s duty to provide garbage, heat, and hot water. Landlords can also hire tenants to maintain their rental properties.

Nebraska Landlord Responsibilities for Repairs

Nebraska landlords are responsible for keeping all of the following in good working condition:

  • Plumbing.
  • Required utilities.
  • Heating.
  • Hot water.
  • Garbage containers and removal.
  • Required smoke alarms carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.
  • Provided appliances.
  • Common areas.
  • Features that affect health, safety, or habitability.

If any of the above stops working properly, and the tenant isn’t at fault for the damage, the landlord is the one responsible for making the repairs necessary to fix it.

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What Repairs Are Tenants Responsible for in Nebraska?

Nebraska tenants are responsible for repairing any damage they cause to the property which affects health and safety.

Requesting Repairs in Nebraska

Nebraska tenants must request repairs by providing the landlord written notice about the issue that needs repair. To reserve the relevant legal options, the tenant must also state actions they might take if the landlord does not make timely repairs, such as canceling the lease altogether.

An example of language a tenant might use to state these intentions is: “If the issue isn’t fixed within 14 days, the renter may exercise his right to cancel the rental agreement 30 or more days from today.

How Long Does a Landlord Have To Make Repairs in Nebraska?

Nebraska landlords have 14 days to make repairs after getting proper written notice about an issue from the tenant. However, a landlord who deliberately or negligently fails to deal with an issue relating to essential utilities may be liable for costs of damage to the tenant.

Can the Landlord Refuse To Make Repairs in Nebraska?

Nebraska landlords cannot refuse to make repairs that are their responsibility. However, refusal to repair does not excuse the renter failing to keep the terms of the rental agreement. For example, a landlord who fails to repair may still be able to evict for the tenant’s failure to pay rent.

Do Landlords Have To Pay for Alternative Accommodation During Repairs in Nebraska?

Nebraska landlords must pay for alternative accommodation during any repairs which force the tenant temporarily out of the rental property. Specifically, since relocating the tenant deprives the tenant of essential services under the rental agreement, the tenant can get substitute housing and suspend rent payments until repairs are finished.

Tenant’s Rights if Repairs Aren’t Made in Nebraska

Nebraska tenants can cancel the rental agreement if the landlord doesn’t make timely repairs, in many situations. They might also sue for damages or get an injunction to force repairs.

Can the Tenant Withhold Rent in Nebraska?

Nebraska tenants are generally not allowed to unilaterally withhold rent. To receive a legal excuse from paying the rent, a tenant must usually have a court order. However, the tenant can temporarily suspend rent payments if the landlord deliberately or negligently deprives the tenant of essential utilities.

Can the Tenant Repair and Deduct in Nebraska?

Nebraska tenants are not allowed to arrange for repairs and deduct from the rent.

Can the Tenant Break Their Lease in Nebraska?

Nebraska tenants can break their lease 14 days after written notice, for failure to repair issues that weren’t the tenant’s responsibility or other uncorrected breaches of the rental agreement.

Tenants can move out and break their lease immediately, when the property is destroyed or severely damaged by an action that wasn’t the tenant’s fault (for example, a hurricane).

Can the Tenant Sue in Nebraska?

Nebraska tenants can sue to force repairs or recover monetary damages, when the landlord doesn’t make timely repairs after proper notice.

Can the Tenant Report the Landlord in Nebraska?

Nebraska tenants can report landlords for code violations that affect health or safety. Tenants should usually report to the local inspections or code enforcement department. If an inspecting officer finds a violation, the tenant could cancel the rental agreement, or sue to force repairs.

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Landlord Retaliation in Nebraska

It’s illegal for Nebraska landlords to retaliate with raised rent, reduced services, or threatened eviction against tenants who have taken one of the following protected actions:

  • Complaining to the government about failure to maintain the property to minimum standards.
  • Participating in a tenant organization.

The law allows exceptions when the landlord can prove a non-retaliatory, good-faith reason for the alleged retaliatory action. For example, a landlord who raises rent proportionately in response to a large increase in property tax is not retaliating, even if a tenant has recently complained about maintenance.

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