As a residential tenant, a variety of issues can come up with a rented property and tenants count on their landlords to do right by them when something needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, landlords don't always abide by their legal obligations.
Last time, we began looking at the duties residential landlords under state law. One important point to make about these duties is that, in order to enforce them, tenants must be meeting their own legal obligations. These include paying all rent legally due under the lease and performing certain daily maintenance duties.
Imagine you have decided to rent an apartment near downtown Raleigh. You find a place that is affordable and close to work, take a tour of one of the units and decide to sign a lease agreement.
All year long, people from around the world come to North Carolina. With all the tourists and travelers, it is no surprise that many residents open their homes up to be rented through companies like Airbnb.
Moving into a new home is an exciting (and stressful) event. Chances are you are very motivated to act fast and get your paperwork completed. Any delay can only draw out the process and push back a moving date, which can be devastating in a competitive housing market and if you have no place else to stay.
Signing a contract as a tenant or a landlord entitles you to certain protections and rights; it also binds you to certain responsibilities and obligations. In some cases, a signed lease is all you need to prevent disputes because it should explicitly detail the permissions and expectations for each party.
Whether you're dealing with constant respiratory symptoms and wondering if mold could be the root cause or you have already found some in your apartment, mold is not something any tenant wants to deal with. However, it's common in humid and poorly ventilated environments, such as bathrooms and basements, and knowing what your rights and obligations are as a tenant can help you if mold ends up being an issue.
The ideal relationship between landlords and tenants is pretty uneventful. Neither party is unhappy, they both comply with the terms of their lease agreement and if an issue does arise, it is addressed and handled quickly and fairly.