Renters Rights Concerning Return of Security Deposit
In the state of North Carolina, what is considered normal wear and tear, specifically, of a residential rental property which the tenant is responsible for repair of upon the termination of the lease? What is the landlord responsible for repairing and what is the tenant responsible for? How long does the tenant have to dispute the deposit after the lease is terminated?
In the case that a renter did not sign a lease, can the landlord hold out on the security deposit?
Is the landlord responsible for checking the condition of the rental property when a person terminates the lease, but other renters remain? (i.e.- there are three people, one moves out and two are left) If the landlord does not check the property, are the remaining tenants responsible for the damage caused by the formar tenant?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: Renters Rights Concerning Return of Security Deposit
Normal wear and tear varies on a case by case basis
but if there're no stains on the walls or carpet, a
normal repaint and carpet clean would be landlord's
responsibility absent specific lease provision. As
far as the responsibilities of each party, the
question is too broad to answer in this forum. My best
guess on the length of time within which to seek
refund of the security deposit without looking up
the statute, is 3 years, but I wouldn't take that
to the bank. The longer you wait, the fuzzier your chances. All tenants are jointly
and severally responsible for all the liability of
a lease, written or oral. If less than all tenants
are responsible for damage, loss of security, etc.,
the fight is between tenants not the tenant and landlord.
This is true regardless of when fewer than all the
tenants leave, unless the parties agree otherwise,
HOPEFULLY IN WRITING.