Cary, NC asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina

Q: What laws cover a Landlord signing a lease in bad faith knowing there are hidden problems with the property?

I have signed a one year lease (now about 8 months in ) and there is a documented reoccurring leak from my upstairs neighbor's bath tub waste water line into my kitchen. There is record of this same leak from last 2 tenants. They keep putting fresh drywall over without fixing the leak.

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

A: North Carolina law requires that residential rental property be safe and "habitable." There is no law requiring that property be perfect. Also, a landlord's failure to disclose past repairs doesn't automatically equate to "bad faith." But if you believe your landlord has violated/is violating your rights in any way, you should consider consulting with a knowledgeable attorney who can assess the situation and advise you on your options.

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