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Landlord Tenant

Rental Agreement

North Carolina

Asked on Oct 6, 2023

How to draft a fair rental agreement?

I recently moved to a new city and am looking to rent an apartment. I am unfamiliar with the laws and regulations around rental agreements in this area, and I want to make sure that I create a fair and legally binding agreement with my potential landlord. I want to make sure that both my rights and those of my landlord are protected.

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Landlord Tenant

North Carolina

Answered 272 days ago

N'kia N.

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North Carolina General Statute 42 contains the North Carolina Residential Rental Act i.e. the landlord-tenant law. Generally, North Carolina landlord-tenant law requires that (1) a residential landlord keeps the property fit and habitable and (2) a residential tenant keeps the property safe and sanitary, pays the rental fee at the time and in the amount agreed upon, and follows (valid) agreed-upon rules. It also addresses other important issues like security deposit, late fee, required notice, termination, and eviction. One important aspect of the statute is that it does not allow a residential landlord to avoid or disclaim certain responsibilities simply by having a tenant agree in a rental agreement. Another important aspect of the statute is that it allows a residential tenant to recover money from a landlord who engages in certain particularly egregious conduct. It is important for a future residential tenant to know each party's rights and responsibilities before entering into a residential rental agreement. If you are considering signing a North Carolina residential lease, you are entitled to have an attorney review it and advise you before you sign.

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