Let’s say you’ve decided to rent your home out while you’re away from the Charlotte area. In such a situation, we highly recommend you become familiar with the Landlord Tenant law that’s in place, which will have an impact on your property and tell you what kind of responsibilities you have as the owner. There is a law governing landlords and tenants in both North Carolina and South Carolina, and it gives you guidelines that you’ll need to follow as a homeowner renting a house to a tenant.
Another law you need to know in North Carolina is the Tenant Security Deposit Act. This law provides the criteria that a landlord must abide by when it comes to refunding the security deposit to the tenant at the end of a lease term. There are certain things you are not permitted to charge a tenant for, and you’ll need to know what those things are before you try to withhold any money for damages from the security deposit. South Carolina does not have a law specific to the security deposit. There are general statutes pertaining to how a security deposit must be handled, however, and you can usually find that information online.
Always refer to any local housing codes. There are local city, county and state codes and ordinances that document what you need to do at your property to keep it habitable and legal. You’ll use these codes to find out what requirements are in place, so it’s important to understand and reference any laws and regulations. They will guide you when you’re not sure what to do in certain tenant situations and they can tell you what kind of repairs are needed, whether the maintenance you’re wondering about is cosmetic, mechanical, structural or electric. Those local guidelines will give you a better idea of what’s required and what’s not.
The eviction process has its own set of laws and requirements. The legal requirements can be strict and the procedures depend on which county you live in. Most of your activities during an eviction will take place at the local county courthouse, where you’ll file the necessary paperwork and forms.