Hawthorne Lane Road Closure Notice

Work on the CityLYNX Gold Line will continue on Hawthorne Lane soon

Beginning on Monday, March 27 (immediately after the Elizabeth 8K Road Race) and continuing for 2-1/2 weeks through Wednesday, April 12, Hawthorne Lane will be closed between Elizabeth Ave and E. 7th Street.   Local traffic will have access to Presbyterian Hospital, St. John’s Baptist Church, Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School and Hawthorne Recreation Center but Hawthorne Lane will be completely blocked from E. 5th Street to Park Drive.

The recommended detour will be Elizabeth Ave. – Charlottetowne Ave – E. 7th Street but all streets in our neighborhood will experience heavier traffic.




Renter’s Rights: What You Need To Know

If you are a renter in North Carolina, you should be aware of your rights before entering into a rental agreement. Having this knowledge will help you avoid entering into a contract where your rights might not be fully recognized.

A Limit on Security Deposits

The If you are renting a house or apartment on a month-to-month basis or for a term of more than two months, your landlord can charge you a security deposit of up to one and a half month’s rent. He or she may also charge you a reasonable nonrefundable deposit if you have pets. The landlord must also provide you with information as to the name and address of the bank where the security deposit is being kept.

Your security deposit must be returned within 30 days if you move from the rental property. Any reductions to your deposit because of damage to the property or monies owed to the landlord must be accounted for.

Withholding Your Rent Payment

You are within your rights to withhold a rent payment or deduct repair expenses from your rent if you have notified your landlord about an important needed repair through writing. He or she must make the repair, for example resolving a heat, hot water or plumbing issue within a reasonable amount of time.

Late Fees

You have up to five days to pay your rent before your landlord can charge you a late fee. This fee cannot be more than $15 or five percent of your rent payment, whichever amount is greater.

Termination and Eviction Rules

Your landlord cannot file for eviction until your rent is ten days late. You can avoid eviction proceedings by paying your rent or moving before that 10-day milestone is reached.

Protection from Landlord Retaliation 

Your rent cannot be raised in a discriminatory manner, for example if you are of a different race. A landlord also cannot raise your rent in retaliation if you report them to the local housing agency for a legitimate reason, including unsafe conditions or failure to make repairs.

Knowing your rights as a renter can help protect you against future conflicts with your landlord.

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T. R. Lawing Realty has been asked to be the featured property manager on a new distance-learning site in Charlotte.

Real Time Learn is a new venture of Steve Connell formally with the Superior School of Real Estate.

Hopefully, a large number of Realtors will see our video, featuring our President, Thomas R. Lawing, Jr. and learn something about the rental market and our rental application process.

Here is the link…


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5 ways to get involved in your new community in Charlotte

eing new to a neighborhood can be a little scary, but it can also be quite exciting! When you’re new, everything else is new, too. There are experiences and acquaintances waiting for you to find them around every corner.

Here are five ways you can get involved in your new community in Charlotte:

1. Volunteer

It doesn’t matter where your passions lie or what you may be interested in doing, there’s bound to be a volunteer organizationthat can use your services. Find an organization or three that seem interesting, and set aside some time to donate to the cause. This is a great way to meet like-minded people while doing great things.

2. Take a Class

Explore something you’ve never done before by taking a class that’s open to the community. Classes and workshops are a great way to expand your horizons while simultaneously expanding your social circle.

3. Join a Group

LinkedIn is a great place to meet people who share similar professional interests. Join a few groups where people in similar roles, industries, or places in their professional development come together so you can bounce ideas off each other and learn how to network in your new city.

4. Be Neighborly

If you’ve never heard of NextDoor.com, this might be the perfect time to educate yourself. This social media platform is created specifically for neighborly bonding, helping to keep residents apprised of certain issues while alerting the community-at-large of awesome events and opportunities. Here, you’ll find out about neighborhood block parties, discover people who need services you may be able to offer, find otherwise unpublished volunteer opportunities, and get an overall sense of the people who live a few doors down from you.

5. Unite with a Religious Organization

Although religion isn’t for everyone, it can be a great place to turn if you’re feeling a little lost. Look for a congregation that fits your personal values, goals, and overall needs. Remember, you are not committed to joining any cause, so if the first place or two you try out isn’t a good fit, there’s probably something else out there that will be a better match.

The key to settling into your new Charlotte community is finding the perfect apartment for your lifestyle and budgetary needs. Employ the help of a skilled Realtor to ensure you land in a neighborhood that’s just right for your new start!

E-mail Hackers Are Targeting Realtors®

Email hacking is on the rise again as some may have noticed during the holidays.   So we should all be very diligent especially when clicking  attachments or following links embedded in emails.

Realtors® are very suseptable to hackers since they make their living building relationships with people they don’t know, nor have they ever met.

The following article from the National Association of Realtors® was originally published in December,2015 but it still contains very useful information for everyone to help thwart a cyber attack.


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Hawthorne Ln To Close For 6 Weeks

Traffic in one direction of Hawthorne Lane at Central Avenue continues to be detoured this week but …

This coming Mondayall traffic in both directions of Hawthorne Lane will be affected.

For 6 weeks beginning Monday, January 23, Hawthorne Lane will be closed in both directions at Central Avenue.  

Sunnyside Ave will also be closed for one block.

This Monday morning, a barricade will be erected on Hawthorne Lane at E. Seventh St. and, for the next 6 weeks, only local traffic will be allowed along the stretch at Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church.

Sewer line construction near Central Avenue will continue until Monday, March 6.

This will increase the traffic on Clement Ave, Lamar Avenue and Louise Avenue plus other streets in Elizabeth.

The published detour will be through the intersection of E. Seventh St and Central Avenue (at the Grady Cole Center).

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As we prepare for the cold weather, we wish to remind everyone to take precautions inside and outside of their homes. If your home is unoccupied, please make sure you have someone take these precautions in your home.

Protecting against frozen pipes

Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:
• Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Place insulated cover over hose bibs to ensure protection from the elements.
• Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. This would not apply to condominium properties.

During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action

• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children and pets.
• Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
• If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Protecting your home and staying safe

• Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
• If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.


SOURCE: Cedar Street Commons Condominiums Owners Association, Inc. 



2016 STATS

In an average week, 800-900 prospects view our virtual tours.   Last week, 1715 prospective tenants viewed our 89 online tours.

As a result, we processed 144 rental applications in December 2016 which was the busiest December in at least 4 years.

In 2016, we processed 2197 rental applications compared to 2159 in 2015 and 2208 in 2014.  For the last 3 years, we’ve processed an average of 9+ rental applications every work day.

In 2016, we processed 8804 work orders compared to 8947 in 2015 and 8019 in 2014.  For the last 3 years, we’ve processed an average of 35+ work orders every work day.

We have the properties!   We have the prospects!     We have the staff & systems!

And T. R. LAWING REALTY is excited about 2017!

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New For 2017! We Are Going Paperless!

A growing number of our owners receive their monthly statements and payments electronically.  What our owners may not be unaware of is that it takes many elves, a lot of patience and tons of paper to provide each individual owner their monthly statements.

After a long and thoughtful search, we found just the right system to handle our volume of business and during the month of December, we have been progressively implementing this new system and training our staff.

Our new platform is by AvidXchange, a local company with a national presence, and:

  • Is tightly integrated with MRI (our current and long trusted software)
  • Will eliminate the manual coding of 90+% of our invoices, especially from utilities
  • Will eliminate the need to manually scan invoices at the end of each month
    • Each of our owner/clients will receive a custom emessage including links or attachments
  • Will eliminate the need to manually file each entity’s monthly statements
    • Paper files will be maintained only for miscellaneous correspondence, insurance policies, leases, etc.
  • Will add more safeguards, for example, in regards to large invoices and duplicate invoices.
  • Will keep each Property Manager better informed as to the expenses for his/her portfolio.
  • Will expedite payments to all of our vendors.
  • Will provide access to all accounts payable data from all types of devices.

Another reason you can trust your investment to an experienced, local manager with proven abilities, systems, integrity, industry knowledge and management expertise.


Property Management: Who is responsible for lawn care?

Who is responsible for lawn care at rental properties? Some people feel that it’s the responsibility of the tenant while others believe that the owner or property manager should handle the task. Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer about who should be in charge of yard work. The answer typically depends on the situation and the property.

When property management should be responsible:

There are some situations where yard work is clearly the property manager’s responsibility. If the property has multiple units, such as an apartment building or complex, it would be unreasonable to expect tenants to maintain the yard. Most lawn areas are shared spaces, so it would be difficult to allocate lawn care tasks fairly. Plus, having a tidy, uniform lawn area is part of the appeal for apartment complexes and this uniformity would be absent if each tenant did a portion of the work.

The gray area:

Single unit properties can create a gray area about who should be responsible for lawn care. One important issue in solving this quandary are homeowner association rules. If the rental property is located in a neighborhood with an HOA, it’s likely that there are rules that govern lawn maintenance. If the HOA will fine the tenants directly, the landlord may require tenants to handle lawn care. However, if the HOA will fine the property owner for poorly-maintained lawns, the owner would be wise to hire a landscaping company and adjust the rent accordingly. Also, property managers who are highly particular about the appearance of the yard may want to take control of maintenance instead of relying on tenants.

The bottom line:

Yard care can be a sticky subject for property managers and tenants alike. The bottom line is that tenants and property managers will have to come to an agreement about lawn care prior to signing the written lease. It is quite common for property owners to ask renters to maintain the yard for single family homes, so renters should make sure to read their lease carefully for stipulations about lawn care and ask the property manager for clarification prior to signing. Tenants that will be responsible for lawn care should also ask if they will need to provide their own mower or other equipment because purchasing this equipment will be an added cost that tenants will need to plan for.