Hello, we signed a one year lease on a house. We have had electrical problems three times during the seven months we've lived here, twice the power ha

Asked by Ernie Hall, Lexington, NC Fri Oct 18, 2013

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Daniel Fisher, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Fri Oct 18, 2013
Good afternoon, Ernie:
You should review the publication called "Landlords’ Maintenance And Repair Duties: Your Rights As A Residential Tenant In North Carolina" from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper NC Department of Justice http://www.ncdoj.gov 877-5-NO-SCAM (919) 716-6400 (link below). it has a lot of info and additional resource links. If you appreciate an answer, please give thumbs up. For the most helpful answer, please say thanks with a best answer click.
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Dan Tabit, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Fri Oct 18, 2013
Ernie,
You are entitled to have a safe, habitable place to live. The NC Landlord Tenant Law will explain this for your state in more detail as well as your options for dealing with repairs and issues.
Your question was cut off, but it looks like your power has gone out a couple of times and other electrical issues as well.
If you were the home owner, the only thing you could due would be to seek a solution to the problem. If your landlord has made a good faith effort to resolve this, that may be the best you can do. If you feel like they are not making the effort, check out the link below for solutions that are legal and don't put you at risk of violating your lease.
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Ernie Hall, Renter, Lexington, NC
Fri Oct 18, 2013
Hey, sorry I didn't realize my question had been cut off. It has taken over a month to get it fixed each time and it's been a week so far this time and no electrician.
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Ernie,
That is too long by any stretch. One option to explore in the Landlord Tenant Law or the Link that Daniel provided is whether you can pay to get the issues resolved yourself in a reasonable time and deduct it from your rent. Please don't do this without making sure it's acceptable in NC first, but this may be an option for you.
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