Frequently Asked Questions

We field lots of questions through emails and phone calls everyday here at T. R. Lawing Realty, Inc. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers. For more information on finding the right home for you or if you are seeking property management services, visit our website at



How do I see a vacancy?

  • Every applicant must inspect the specific unit he/she is interested in before submitting a Rental Application.
  • Keys are available weekdays from our office (1445 E. Seventh St., Charlotte).
  • Many keys are also available weekdays from our Lake Norman Office (8936 Northpointe Executive Park Dr, Suite 175, Huntersville)
  • Click here for directions to our office.
  • You will need a Photo ID and a $20 cash deposit for the first 2 keys and $10 for each additional key up to a total of 4 keys.

Do I inspect the unit before submitting an application?

  • Yes.
  • In fact, we do not accept Rental Applications until the applicant has personally inspected the specific unit he/she is interested in.

How much is the Binder and Security Deposit?

  • The Binder is $200
  • The Security Deposit varies by property, rental rate and an applicants creditworthiness. It can vary from $200 to 2 full months rent. Please ask your Leasing Agent about specific vacancies.

What is a Binder?

  • Good faith money posted as part of the Rental Application process. A binder does not hold a property.
  • If accepted, the binder amount is applied to the first month’s rent, although the applicant must deposit the required “security deposit” before taking occupancy.
  • In the event the applicant fails to take possession after the rental application is accepted, the binder is forfeited as liquidated damages.

How long will we ‘hold’ a unit?

  • Within 48 hours of an application being accepted; (1) the lease must be signed; (2) the binder amount will be applied to the first month’s rent; and (3) the remainder of the first full month’s rent must be paid.
  • Once the lease is signed and the remainder of the first full month’s rent is paid, we will ‘hold’ a vacancy for up to 30 days.
  • In the event the applicant falis to take possession after the rental application is accepted, the binder and/or first month’s rent will be forefeited as liquidated damages.

What do I do if I see repairs that I want made?

  • Applicants must personally inspect the property and, as part of the application process, request any repairs they desire.
  • Repair requests approved by T. R. Lawing Realty become mutually Agreed To Contingencies of the Rental Lease, provided there are at least ten (10) working days between agreement and occupancy.
  • The owner reserves the right to seek an increased rental rate if the repairs are estimated to cost more than $200.
  • Any repair request added after submission of the Rental Application may not be completed prior to occupancy and can be accomplished at the convenience of the maintenance personnel.

What is a Contingency Form?

  • A list of repairs requested by the applicant and agreed to by both parties at the time the application is accepted.
  • Click here for “What do I do if I see repairs I want made?”

How long are our leases?

  • Generally, 12 months.
  • Leases revert to month-to-month tenancy at the end of the initial term unless the owner and the resident will agree to a longer term.

What about pets?

  • The owner of each property reserves the right to prohibit or limit the number, size and type of pet allowed at the property.
  • Typically, more than 1 pet or pets that weigh more than 25 pounds are not allowed, even in single-family houses.
  • If the owner and agent agree to a pet, an additional pet deposit and signed Pet Addenda will be required.
  • Our typical pet deposit is $300 of which 50% is refundable if the property is left in good condition.
  • The following dogs are considered vicious and we can NEVER – under any circumstance – agree to allow one of these pets at a property – they are Akita, Chow, Pit Bull a.k.a Staffordshire Terrier, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Sharpei, and Wolf Hybrids.

First World Problem

Today I read an article about how Facebook has a tendency to smack us in the face with information that honestly is best hidden; for instance, wedding pictures of an ex that ripped out your heart, pictures of happy families enjoying an awesome Disney vacation when you are struggling to make ends meet or news from close family or friends about something that you feel should have been made aware to you of way before the world of Facebook knew about it.   It was an interesting article and raised some great questions about our “need to know now” reality (click here to read the full article from CNN).  However, it wasn’t the article that truly got me thinking, it was a comment that someone made about the article.  They labeled the article a “First World Problem.”

A “First World Problem” is something that I have heard many times before and have used that term often in my life.  We live in a society of plenty, whether we want to believe it or not.  We talk about struggling to make ends meet due to a recession because we couldn’t afford the lifestyle we had grown accustomed to.  Did we really need the big home or expensive car? It was nice to have but if the economy has taken your cash, you need to get rid of the car. First world problem!

Recently, I decided to get another cable box in our home because bizarre circumstances recently had ripped our living room apart and the only cable box that we had (all the other rooms were just hooked up to the wall) ended up in my bedroom.  I couldn’t part with the box and its recording capabilities so I got another one, but forgot to ask for the DVR digital box and hooked it up to the main TV in the house. The kids went insane because it wasn’t the right box and now we can’t rewind and pause. First world problem! 

Here in the office, we are generously given an unlimited supply of soda.  Got to keep us caffeinated!  Periodically we run out of a certain favorite soda and mass hysteria ensues.  First world problem!

The vacation that you meticulously planned suddenly changed destinations because the first one proved to be too expensive, so now it is postponed.  First world problem!

As I wrote this blog post, a co-worker (and co-writer of this post) pointed out that there was a song that spoke about this very thing.  Since I am not a regular listener of MC Frontalot, “First World Problem” wasn’t exactly on my musical radar.  

Misplaced the Ambien (first world problem)

Left a participle dangling (first world problem)

You’re scheduling your root canal (first world problem)

Your grad schooling had no rationale (first world problem)

You didn’t like your appetizer (first world problem)

Your yacht got capsized (a first world problem)

It’s amazing the things that we complain about or that we allow to be an inconvenience in our lives on a day to day basis when there are so many who wish they had the problems that we do. I wonder sometimes what would happen if we stopped to consider the third world person who could desperately use a root canal because they are in the same amount of pain that you were in (probably more since they didn’t have the convenience of taking an ibuprofen) as you whined about your upcoming procedure.  Would you be more thankful to the little problems that we seem to have?  What would you do with your enlightenment?  The Dali Lama believes in peaceful, desire-ridding meditation to keep one grounded, but I want to end with the wisdom of Mom and the perspective that she offered us on a nightly basis around the dinner table when you refused to eat the plate full of food.  She told us that there were starving people in Africa tonight that would be grateful for the meal that she had provided.  There are starving people in Africa and I am grateful for what I am fortunate to have.