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December 2017 Archives

What maintenance and repairs is my landlord obligated to provide?

When you enter into a rental agreement in North Carolina, you should be able to expect the property owner or manager to meet certain landlord obligations. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a landlord must ensure that a home, as well as common areas, are habitable and provide a safe environment for the occupants.

A few things to consider when signing a construction contract

If you are about to start a construction project on your home, you will eventually be presented with a contract to sign. Construction contracts can be works of beauty that protect your best interests and keep your project running smoothly, or they can be massive headaches that are full of disputes. Some homeowners sign lengthy contracts without even bothering to read them, but this is a huge mistake.

Can a landlord keep my security deposit?

For many renters in North Carolina, coming up with a security deposit along with the first month's rent is difficult. It is a lot of money to hand over at one time, so it is natural to wonder what the landlord does with it. It is also natural to want it all back when you move out.

The next step when you've been stiffed

Despite inevitable glitches with obtaining supplies and building materials, you completed the project on time and are rather proud of the work your company did. You may have even allowed the customer to make last minute changes that were inconvenient for you but satisfied the client. Perhaps you hoped this would help you build a positive reputation and a repeat customer.

Understanding a commercial lease

A commercial lease can be very complex in North Carolina or any other state. Start-up entrepreneurs and other business owners usually lease the property where they do business rather than owning it because the cost is lower. As FindLaw explains, unlike most residential leases, commercial leases have negotiable terms since each one is tailored to the needs and desires of the particular landlord and tenant.

What are my rights when my landlord won't fix HVAC or plumbing?

As a renter in North Carolina, you rely on your landlord to repair any plumbing or HVAC problems as soon as possible. But the truth is, some landlords do, and some of them do not. If you have ever rented a home or apartment, you probably know how frustrating it is to have to wait for your landlord to take care of such a problem. It is even more frustrating when they do not.

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