Charlotte, NC asked in Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina

Q: If I gave the appropriate notice for vacating my apartment, can I be charged a reletting fee?

I was living in an apartment in Raleigh, month to month, and the apartment required 60 day notice for vacating the apartment. I gave them this notice, but after I left, I was charged $1000 for a reletting fee. Can they do that even though I gave then the appropriate notice?

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

A: Generally, a month-to-month tenant isn't responsible for paying a "reletting" fee if they give proper notice of termination. The purpose of giving advance notice, literally, is to give the landlord time to find a new tenant.

However, "60 days" can be interpreted differently (and can result in a different deadline) from something like "60 days prior to the end of the term." You might want to start by having an attorney review the lease.

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