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Grounds for eviction in North Carolina

The hope of every rental property owner in Raleigh is that his or her relationship with tenants remains amicable. However, if one does happen to sour, the question then becomes when is a landlord within his or her rights to evict? One cannot simply evict a tenant over matters such as personality conflicts; rather, he or she must have legitimate grounds. Those guidelines are established by state law. 

Landlord sues tenant to pay for repairs to rental unit

Most in Raleigh may view the agreement made between a landlord and a tenant to be a simple one: The landlord provides the tenant with suitable living conditions, and then tenant pays to utilize them. A failure by either side to fulfill its obligations could leave the other with just cause to seek compensation. When issues regarding the state of a rental property arise, typically it is the responsibility of the landlord to address those. On the flip side, he or she is usually only afforded recourse when tenants fail to make their rent payments. 

What happens to my security deposit?

When you become a tenant in North Carolina, chances are you will have to budget in a security deposit to hand over to your new landlord. However, this money does not simply go into the landlord's pocket to be used for whatever he or she deems necessary. In fact, as the tenant, you will know exactly where that deposit is going and how -- if at all -- it will be spent. 

Woman questions why she must pay rent on damaged apartment

One of the advantages to renting in Raleigh is that one is not burdened with the responsibilities that come with homeownership. If and when damage occurs to a property, it is the responsibility of the owner to address it, not any tenants that may occupy it. However, people typically tend to assign priority to tasks that affect them directly, and thus may look for reasons to justify putting off other matters. A property owner may rush to correct any issues that affect the home or building he or she lives or works in, while dealing with problems at other properties in a less timely manner. Yet in such a scenario, can an owner then expect tenants to still be obliged to honor a lease agreement? 

Is subletting a good idea?

If you are leasing a house or apartment in North Carolina and your company transfers you halfway across the country prior to the end of your lease, subletting your residence may be a good way to avoid losing your security deposit and possibly having to pay additional penalties for breaking your lease. However, it also can be fraught with dangers if you fail to do it properly.

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.

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.

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.

Unpaid rent and other grounds for eviction

Evictions can be incredibly overwhelming for landlords and tenants alike. Often, both parties feel stressed out or even uncertain of which steps to take during this process. Whether you are a landlord or are renting, it is crucial to make sure your legal rights are not trampled on. With landlord/tenant issues, there may be a number of details that could have an impact on the case, and each situation is unique. There are a myriad of reasons behind landlords' decisions to evict tenants, from unpaid rent to the expiration of a lease, and it is essential to be prepared.

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