NC Landlord/Tenant Laws
The state of North Carolina has laws that define the Tenant and Landlord responsibilities. They are clearly laid out in the North Carolina Attorney General’s booklet: Landlord’s Maintenance and Repair Duties: Your Rights as a Residential Tenant in North Carolina a brochure is also available from the NC Bar Association. Disagreements between the landlord or tenant can sometimes happen, which is why there are state laws that protect the tenant and laws that protect the landlord.
Keep Copies of All Documents and A Record of All Requests
A solid, complete paper trail is invaluable if disputes do develop — for example, regarding the landlord’s right to enter a tenant’s unit to make repairs, or the time it took for the landlord to fix a problem. Have a folder specifically for your lease and all documents and communications related to the property you are renting. Keeping a record of all maintenance requests, safety, and noise issues is also important. These can be used in court if a property manager or landlord do not follow-up in a reasonable time on these issues or if an injury occurs because the landlord/property manager did not take appropriate action.
If you do have an issue with a landlord not following their responsibilities as defined by NC law, you can try to work out the problem with the Greensboro Landlord Tenant Dispute Program which is a collaboration between the City of Greensboro and the UNCG Program in Conflict and Peace Studies. They do not provide legal aid, but can help students with a number of issues related to their rental housing. Call them at 336. 373-2038.
Whatever You Do, Do Not Stop Paying Rent
There is a rumor out there that if the landlord isn’t responding to complaints the tenant can set up an account and put their rent payment there instead of paying the landlord. This is a bad rumor in the state of North Carolina – because Tenants in NC do NOT have that option open to them See the North Carolina Attorney General’s booklet: Landlord’s Maintenance and Repair Duties: Your Rights as a Residential Tenant in North Carolina, page 6 for the guidelines and exceptions.
If you feel you need legal advice or representation in a matter relating to the rental property you are living in and you cannot afford an attorney, you can contact the North Carolina Legal Aid Office in Greensboro. They also have several online brochures related to tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities on their website under publications.
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