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As it often happens, there may come a time during a tenancy when a landlord tenant dispute arises. These disputes can pop up over many different issues including lease agreements, tenant rights, responsibility for repairs to the property, rent, eviction and more. At Robinson and Lauterbach, Attorneys At Law, PLLC, we study the lease contract carefully to be well advised of your legal rights and responsibilities according to federal, state and local laws.
Landlord Disclosures in NC
Under North Carolina law, landlords must disclose specific information to tenants (usually in the lease or rental agreement), such as the name and address of the banking institution where the security deposit is kept.
NC Security Deposit Limit and Return
North Carolina state law limits how much a landlord can charge for a security deposit (one- and one-half month’s rent for month-to-month rental agreements or two months if the rental term is longer that two months, and landlords may apply an additional “reasonable” nonrefundable deposit for pets), when it must be returned (within 30 days after a tenant moves, though if a landlord’s claim against the deposit cannot be finalized within that time, the landlord may send an interim accounting at the 30-day point and then a final accounting within 60 days), and sets other restrictions on deposits.
Termination and Eviction Rules
State laws specify when and how a landlord may terminate a tenancy. For example, a landlord may give a North Carolina tenant who has violated a lease term that specifies that eviction will result from noncompliance an unconditional quit notice. If the tenant does not move out immediately the landlord can file for eviction.
Other State Laws in North Carolina
Several other landlord-tenant laws in North Carolina affect both property owners and renters, including:
- tenant protections against landlord retaliation for tenant exercising a legal right, such as complaining about an unsafe living condition
- special protections for tenants who are victims of domestic violence
- procedures for how landlords must handle abandoned property left behind by tenants
- fair housing rights
We Know Gaston County
Since our firm’s beginning, it has been our goal to provide the highest standard of legal representation to all of our clients. At Robinson and Lauterbach, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, in Gastonia, North Carolina, our attorneys bring extensive experience to the practice of law. We offer comprehensive legal services for clients involved with various matters, including divorce, child custody cases, estate planning, DWI and traffic violations, expungements and real estate law.