Lenoir, NC asked in Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina

Q: My Landlord is selling the house I rent, is he allowed to let people just walk through the house without 24hr notice?

They have a key to get in the house on the sign but don’t give us a 24hr notice and enter our home without our approval. Is that allowed? And can they evict us with a lease?

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N'kia (NLN)
N'kia (NLN)
  • Cary, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: If a residential lease agreement says the landlord must provide at least 24 hours' notice, then the landlord must abide by this requirement. If the agreement doesn't say how much notice is required, the parties should expressly agree to a reasonable time frame. 24 hours is considered reasonable, but it is not absolutely required.

Also, a residential landlord may evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent, violation of written lease terms or conditions, or other grounds established by law. Selling the property is not ground for eviction. The current owner must honor a valid lease with an existing tenant and, if the property is sold, the new owner must continue to honor that lease.

This is just general information about North Carolina law. You should consider consulting with a knowledgeable attorney who can advise you on your specific rights and potential options.

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