Once you’ve accomplished the financial goal of owning your own home, you might begin thinking about investing in other residential property to rent out to tenants.
One common worry among potential landlords is what might happen if a tenant simply quits paying the rent. Whether it’s for a good reason or no reason, a tenant’s refusal or inability to pay rent puts a landlord in a bind. How does a landlord go about lawfully removing a tenant from a rental residence?
In North Carolina, a landlord must comply with state law regarding summary ejectment. Summary ejectment is the formal name for the eviction process. In order to begin the process, the landlord must file a summary ejectment complaint, or formal document setting forth reasons why the tenant should be removed from the premises. Common reasons for summary ejectment include nonpayment of rent, breach of lease conditions, and the occurrence of criminal activity on the rental premises.
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