About the Ombudsman's Office
The office of the Ombudsman for Owners in Common-Interest Communities and Condominium Hotels was created by the State Legislature in the 1997 Session with the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 314. SB 314 is now codified in Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapter 116. The office was created to assist homeowners and board members in common interest communities to better understand their rights and obligations under the law and their governing documents. The scope of the office was broadened with the passage of SB 451 in the 1999 Session (also codified in NRS 116). SB 451 required the office to compile an informational database about registered associations and authorized the Ombudsman to request certain records from associations. The bill further authorized the Ombudsman to request that the Common-Interest Community and Condominium Hotels Commission to issue a subpoena for the attendance of witnesses and the production of books and records.
The Ombudsman for Owners in Common-Interest Communities and Condominium Hotels shall:
A Common-Interest Community is defined as real estate described in a declaration with respect to which a person, by virtue of the person’s ownership of a unit, is obligated to pay for a share of real estate taxes, insurance premiums, maintenance or improvement of, or services or other expenses related to, common elements, other units or other real estate described in that declaration.
Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 116, "Common-Interest Ownership (Uniform Act)," is the set of laws that govern Common-Interest Communities.
Nevada Administrative Code Chapter 116, "Management of Common-Interest Community," as the name would imply, regulates how Common-Interest Communities are to be managed.
When there is a disagreement between owners and their common-interest community concerning the interpretation, application and enforcement of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs), bylaws, rules and regulations adopted by an association, one method of resolution is the utilization of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 38 is the set of laws that govern alternative dispute resolution.
The office is funded through an assessment of no more than $3.00 per year, per unit in each community that is not exempt in accordance with NAC 116.800.