Kernersville, NC asked in Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina

Q: I never signed a lease agreement. Can the landlord file legal actions against me?

I never signed a lease agreement and was living in an construction site for the year I was there. Under the impression that the landlord would work on house, and that never happened. I brought to her attention that I would be moving out. Now months later she threatening to file legal against me. Is this possible?

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Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Leases do not have to be in writing to be valid, unless the term exceeds three years. If the landlord does pursue you for payment of rent, you may have defenses if the landlord did not provide a habitable premises.

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