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Contract problems can delay construction projects

Developers and construction companies in North Carolina and around the country sign an extensive array of contracts when preparing for an upcoming project. However, disputes can still arise, especially if cost overruns, project delays or other problems threaten to delay a project. If these disputes lead to litigation, the construction project may be delayed even further and the parties may face greater expenses. Therefore, resolving construction disputes and devising contractual provisions to deal with problems are often major priorities.

What contractors should know about subcontractor insurance

It isn't uncommon for subcontractors to be used on residential and commercial building projects in North Carolina. While using subcontractors may be an effective way to get a job done in a timely manner, it could introduce additional layers of risk to the general contractor. However, it can be possible for contractors to transfer that risk to the subcontractor. This can be done through the use of indemnity provisions that require the subcontractor to assume liability for any damages it causes.

Landlord retaliation is often illegal

North Carolina tenants typically have rights under state law that landlords must respect at all times. Generally speaking, it is illegal for a landlord to take action against a tenant who is acting within those rights. For instance, a landlord couldn't evict a tenant simply for complaining about a broken pipe or asking that other types of repairs be made. Furthermore, tenants could potentially withhold some or all of a rental payment if they paid to fix issues on their own.

How to properly evict a tenant

Landlords in North Carolina and most other states generally have to follow a process to remove tenants from their properties. Providing an eviction notice is usually the first step in the process of doing so. An eviction could stem from a failure to pay rent, for damaging property or for taking other actions that violate the terms of a valid lease. A tenant could have the opportunity to rectify any issue cited in the eviction notice.

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