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Help! My landlord is awful!

The fungus we don't want among us! Fungi: they're pretty when they're out in the woods, delicious if you know what you're doing with them in the kitchen, and deadly if you don't. And, most importantly, you DO NOT want them growing in your house! Mold and mildew are close relatives of mushrooms, and they are one of the things we get the most calls about from unhappy tenants. But what are a tenant's options when their landlord won't fix the mold--or the rat infestation, the broken steps, the heater, or the air conditioner? It turns out that North Carolina is...

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Creating a Separation Agreement

In an ideal world, every marriage would be happy. But, we all know that is not the reality. Couples may decide to separate for many reasons. As the comedian Louie C.K. said, “Divorce is always good news. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true because no good marriage has ever ended in divorce.” Divorce can be extremely difficult and painful. But, after the divorce, both parties will be free from a bad marriage.   Here are some tips on how to craft a separation agreement. The separation agreement is a private contract between the spouses. It can determine child custody, alimony,...

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How to Evict a Tenant in North Carolina

    The most common reason for a landlord to evict a tenant is if the tenant fails to pay rent. Another reason may be if the tenant stays in the property after the lease has run out. This is called a “holdover tenant.” But how exactly does a landlord evict a tenant? 1. Give notice to the tenant.   The landlord needs to make the tenants aware that they will try to evict them. The tenants also need to know why the landlord is trying to evict them. The landlord should look closely at the lease to see how to do this. It should...

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Commercial Landlord Tenant Law: Listen to the Lease!

    Landlords and tenants in commercial leases have the same goal: staying open for business! But we all know that despite people’s best intentions, things can go wrong. Commercial leases are no exception. Let’s talk about some “Do’s” and “Don’t’s” in commercial landlord tenant law.   Read the Lease!   A lease is a private contract between two parties. A good lease should account for all of the problems that might arise in a landlord/tenant relationship. Landlords should make sure that the lease clearly spells out the procedure they can follow if needed. For instance, what can the landlord do if the tenant fails to...

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