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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.

A landlord's legal obligations to a tenant

When a landlord and a tenant sign a lease agreement for a residential property in North Carolina, the landlord is agreeing to more than simply collecting payments. The Office of the Attorney General states that the tenant can expect certain duties to be fulfilled even if they are not outlined in the contract.

Is your landlord responsible for your injuries?

When you rent an apartment or another type of residential property in North Carolina, you have certain rights. While you must abide by specific terms presented by your landlord in your rental contract, you do have the right to a reasonable expectation of safety, as well as the right to hold your landlord accountable when his or her negligence leads to your injury.

Minimizing conflict during eviction

For landlords and tenants alike, eviction can be incredibly challenging. Often, people who are dealing with an eviction may encounter uncertainty, feel very stressed out, or even face financial problems. However, there are many different reasons why evictions become necessary, such as a tenant's failure to pay rent. Triangle Law Group knows how difficult eviction can be for landlords and tenants in Raleigh and other North Carolina areas. As a result, we believe it is essential to take steps to minimize conflict during the eviction process.

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