North Carolina  |  Landlord & Tenant Law

Legal Question

Asked on: 7/19/13, 5:51 am

I recently moved into a home 6/30/2013. I was informed by the landlord, that there renovations to be completed, but I could move in if I didn't mind them working around me. I agreed, and created a list for the landlord. Once I got in the home, the landlord sent me a letter 3 days later stating that they would not make any further repairs, and they agreed to let me out of the lease on 7/31/2013. I did not pay my rent this month, due to the repairs that were not completed - I have not unpacked, as I plan on leaving the 31st, but the landlord has filed for eviction. I'm in the process of compiling paperwork to defend my case and I realized that I did not sign the lease, I was waiting to read the document, but due to the fact that the landlord and I were going back and forth about repairs, it honestly slipped my mind. I will say that I am listed on the document as a tenant. Will this detail (not signing the lease) hurt or help my case. Can I use this as a defense to the fact that repairs were needed?

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