Legal Question in Real Estate Law in North Carolina

Tenant Responsibilities

I own a single family dwelling which I started renting out in April. My tenants informed me yesterday that they have problems with roaches and want me to call the exterminator. Since I lived in that house for five years and never encountered such a problem, I am assuming that the roach problem was caused by them. I don't think that I am responsible for their cleanliness. I called the housing authority in Charlotte where I was told that it was definately my responsibility to have the house exterminated. When I inquired about the regulation/law that governs this responsiblity, they were unable to provide me with an answer. I am not asking what I should do, but what the law or statutes say I must. I would be grateful if you could advise me of my rights/responsiblities in that matter.

Asked on 7/08/99, 3:09 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

D Patrick Zimmerman Law Offices of D Patrick Zimmerman

Re: Tenant Responsibilities

In Pa. the landlord is not responsible to exterminate a single dwelling. The law is found in your housing ordinances for each town. These are gained from state building and housing codes. Your city or town should have these for a reasonable price. In multible dwelling units extermination is on the landlord, because the landlord controls the whole building, and can get all apartments.

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Answered on 7/11/99, 4:21 pm


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