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Language commonly included in residential leases

Those who rent houses or apartments in North Carolina will likely need to sign a lease. While an agreement may be customized to some degree, certain clauses must generally be included in any lease. For example, the names of everyone who is a party to the agreement must be listed on the document itself. It should also say how long the agreement lasts and how much a tenant will pay the landlord each month.

Eviction for tenants and landlords

Although eviction of a tenant from a rented property may appear to be something that can be accomplished in a matter of days, it is actually a process that can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. How long a person has to vacate in North Carolina depends on several factors, including whether the eviction is with cause.

How to protect against an eviction

Landlords in North Carolina and throughout the nation have the right to evict a tenant for a variety of reasons. However, tenants who are facing eviction have defenses against an attempt to remove them from a home or apartment. For instance, a tenant may assert that he or she wasn't given sufficient notice prior to being evicted or that an eviction notice wasn't delivered properly.

What should I do if my tenant stops paying rent?

It can be difficult for landlords when a tenant gets behind on rent. While you want to be understanding about extenuating life circumstances, it's also important that your tenant honors the terms of the lease he or she signed. According to Landlordology.com, the following steps can help you address the issue with as little hassle and stress as possible. 

Landlords, tenants and carpet replacement

There are so many different issues that can affect landlords and tenants, it can be difficult to pinpoint one. In this post, however, we will focus on carpet replacement from the perspectives of landlords as well as tenants. There are a number of legal matters that may need to be taken into consideration when it comes to carpet replacement, but we will cover some of the most common issues that arise. Carpet can be at the center of a dispute between a landlord and their tenant(s) and can even lead to litigation. As a result, it is imperative to be aware of your rights and responsibilities.

How can I avoid rental scams?

Rental scams are unfortunately all too common these days. Common scams utilize certain methods and tactics to trick unwitting renters into parting with large sums of money in the hopes of securing a place to live. The good news is that many scams are pretty obvious, provided you have the right information. U.S. News & World Report explains a few of the many red flags one can look out for when in search of a rental property. 

Confusion over the terms of a rental contract

We have discussed many of the different reasons why renting can be difficult for landlords and tenants alike. There are various reasons for disputes arising, but in this write-up, we will examine some of the issues related to confusion over a rental contract. Sometimes, tenants do not understand certain aspects of the agreement, which may lead to a heated dispute with their landlord. There are also times when landlords may have confusion over certain aspects of a rental contract. For example, a landlord who rents multiple properties may have difficulty remembering the specific details of each contract and rental property.

When a tenant refuses to move

As a landlord, renting to tenants can be tough for a host of reasons. Even when everything goes smoothly, landlords may face various stressors and challenges. Unfortunately, some landlords encounter difficult tenants who may fail to abide by the terms of a rental agreement or make life challenging for landlords in other ways. For example, a tenant may refuse to move out of a home or apartment even though they are no longer allowed to stay there. When this happens, it is imperative for landlords to review their options and figure out the best course of action.

When landlord/tenant disputes turn violent

We have addressed many different facets of disputes which involve landlords and tenants. Unfortunately, some disputes can be especially tense and may lead to serious hardships for either party. For example, a dispute may lead to a heated argument and significant tensions between a landlord and his or her tenant(s). In some cases, violence may even occur. For example, a frustrated landlord may hit a tenant, or a disgruntled tenant may attack their landlord. It is very important to prepare for these possibilities if you are facing a disagreement involving your landlord or tenant, and take appropriate action if such an incident ever occurs.

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