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When is my landlord allowed to keep my security deposit?

If you are a renter in Raleigh, you likely had to hand over a security deposit to your landlord at the time you signed your lease. When you move out, that amount may be returned to you. However, in some situations the landlord may be entitled to keep some or all of it. While every lease is different, here are some common situations where a landlord may not have to return your security deposit.

Back rent and other problems with tenants

For landlords, there are a plethora of ways that tenants can become difficult. Triangle Law Group knows firsthand how stressful and even infuriating this can be for landlords in Raleigh, and in cities all across the state of North Carolina. Even though these situations can be very challenging, it is pivotal for landlords to do their best to work through the situation with a level head and a solid understanding of their legal rights. If your tenant has become difficult, or is violating the terms of your rental contract, you should not feel like you have no choice but to allow them to step on your toes.

What is NC’s lead-based paint Preventative Maintenance Program?

Living in a North Carolina rental home, you have limited options regarding maintenance and renovations. However, when it comes to paint, you have more than condition and color to consider. If your home was built before 1978, lead could be an issue.

Consult an experienced attorney to protect your rights as a tenant

Last time, we looked briefly at some of the troubles student-tenants can face with rental housing. As we noted, these problems are often made worse because of opportunistic landlords who take advantage of their young tenants’ ignorance. The reality is that tenants, whether they are students or not, need to understand their rights as renters, or their landlords will have an easier time taking advantage of them.

Landlord-tenant attorneys: students particularly vulnerable to landlord negligence

When it comes to landlord-tenant problems, some tenants are more at risk than others. This includes low-income tenants, disabled and elderly tenants, and also student tenants. According to a recent article, University of North Carolina students living in the Chapel Hill neighborhood are particularly prone to encountering rental issues, including burglary, gas and water leaks, out-of-repair flooring, vermin infestations, unjustified loss of security deposits, and other issues.

Landlords: work with experienced attorney to address liabilities related to major property damage

Renting property can be a lucrative business, but it does involve certain costs and legal duties and comes with certain risks. One of the duties landlords owe to tenants is to keep the rental property in a habitable condition. This means performing ongoing upkeep and maintenance work, and addressing property-related disasters when they occur.

Avoiding unintended commercial lease termination: work with experienced legal counsel

One of the important issues businesses need to carefully consider when negotiating a commercial lease is the terms related to default and remedies available to the landlord in the event of default. Landlords can naturally be expected to demand terms which favor an aggressive right to terminate the lease, so businesses negotiating commercial leases have a need to advocate for their own rights and interests.

Work with experienced attorney to protect your interests in commercial lease negotiation, P.2

Previously, we began discussing the topic of commercial lease negotiation, and the importance of working with an experienced attorney. As we noted last time, tenants can always benefit from working with a skilled attorney who is able to help them overcome disadvantages in the bargaining process and ensure their interests are advocated.

Work with experienced attorney to protect your interests in commercial lease negotiation, P.1

Running a successful business depends on successful navigation of a number of issues, and one of them is commercial leasing. For any business, and especially for businesses that are just starting up, negotiating commercial leasing can be daunting. In any commercial lease negotiation, it is critical to work with an experienced attorney to ensure one has advice and advocacy throughout the process.

Is your landlord acting unlawfully?

You've been living in your same apartment for quite some time. You do your best to pay your rent on time and adhere to the various rules and regulations contained within your contract. Just when you thought everything was going well, you open your mailbox and find an eviction notice. There was no warning, and no apparent reason - just a signed letter from your landlord telling you to move out within 30 days.

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