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 calling plumbing expert in any 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, 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!