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Renter's rights when repairs are needed

People who rent their home, townhome, condo or apartment dwelling in North Carolina know that they are not amassing equity in a residence or property but they do get to enjoy a level of freedom when it comes to having primary responsibility for maintaining a property. For some, the ability to make a quick phone call and have a problem fixed without receiving a bill is more than enough benefit to warrant renting versus buying.

What characteristics should you look for in a good tenant?

You have recently invested in a rental property with plans to accumulate more in North Carolina. Your next step is finding tenants to live in the property so you can enjoy the financial profits. Doing your research and holding your renters to a high standard will help guarantee that your property remains in livable conditions. However, if you do not put any guidelines in place, you could be left to foot the bill when costly repairs and consequences need to be taken care of. 

What are my duties as a tenant?

You found the perfect two-bedroom, two-bath house in a great North Carolina suburban neighborhood, and it even has a plot in the backyard for a garden. You hit it off with the landlord and feel confident signing the initial one-year lease agreement. Whether this is the first time you have ever rented a place of your own or it is the tenth house you have leased, here are some important tips to keep in mind when you move in.

What are the duties of the tenant in North Carolina?

While a landlord in North Carolina has an obligation to maintain a property to ensure safety and proper function, your tenant has responsibilities, too. According to the North Carolina Department of Justice, in addition to paying rent as outlined in the lease, your tenant is also expected to provide the basic maintenance that comes along with living there in order to enforce your obligations.

The importance of screening potential renters

People in North Carolina who are considering becoming residential landlords for the first time will want to educate themselves on a variety of topics. Doing some work on the front end to learn about different aspects of residential leasing may well help to prevent some problems down the road. While many would-be landlords know that they need to screen their potential tenants, they may not know exactly what to look for in the process.

What Should I Know as a Landlord in North Carolina

If you own rental property in North Carolina, it's vital that you're aware of your rights and responsibilities. Remaining in compliance with local laws and statutes is crucial, especially if you experience an issue with tenants. The North Carolina Real Estate Commission answers some frequently asked questions regarding landlord and tenant issues that may occur in the state.

Looking into some benefits of eviction

For landlords and tenants, eviction can be an incredibly sensitive subject that causes a great deal of stress. On the one hand, a landlord may feel uneasy about telling a tenant that they have to leave, while a tenant who receives an eviction notice may be unsure of where they are going to live or how the eviction will affect their future. However, there are times when it becomes necessary to evict a tenant, for one reason or another. On this blog, we have discussed some of the reasons why eviction may become necessary, but it is also important to go over some of the advantages of eviction.

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. 

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