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Renter's Rights and Responsibilities in Raleigh

Renter's Rights and Responsibilites

As a renter you have the right to:

  • Fair housing. The law protects all citizens from discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicapping condition, or familial status;
  • A structurally sound, safe environment that includes adequate heat in winter, hot and cold running water, functioning bathroom equipment and drains, door and windows that operate properly with working locks, buildings with smoke detectors and repairs that are made in timely fashion by the property owner;
  • Privacy and protection from intrusion and harassment from the landlord;
  • Register legitimate complaints without retaliation; and,
  • The prompt return of all due deposits.
As a renter you are have to:
  • Keep the premises clean and safe and cause no unsafe or unsanitary conditions to the property;
  • Dispose of ash, rubbish, garbage and other waste in a clean and safe manner;
  • Keep all the plumbing fixtures in the unit as clean as their condition permits;
  • Not deliberately or negligently destroy, deface, damage or remove any part of the premises, nor render inoperable the smoke detector provided by the landlord, or knowingly permit any person to do so;
  • Comply with all obligations imposed upon by current building and housing codes;
  • Be responsible for all damage or removal of any property inside the unit unless the damage or removal was due to ordinary wear and tear, acts of the landlord or agent, defective products supplied or repairs authorized by the landlord, acts of third parties, not invitees of the tenant, or natural forces;
  • Notify the landlord of the need for replacement of or repairs to a smoke detector. The tenant is responsible for replacing the batteries in smoke detectors when the batteries expire during the term of the lease, unless the lease provides otherwise. You can also visit a local fire department for help with smoke detectors (click here for a list of Wake County fire departments) ; and
  • Be a good neighbor. Get to know the residents around you. Offer to help out. Be sensitive if visitors to your home are loud or may otherwise be disrupting your neighbors. Don’t park in areas outside designated parking areas. Keep your yard neat and free of trash or discarded furniture.
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