Under NC rent laws, you have the right to break the lease if you are part of the “uniformed services”. Examples of uniformed services are the Activated National Guard and the Armed Forces. However, if the landlord is unable to quickly find a replacement tenant, you are responsible for paying the rent for the rest of your lease. If you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or harassment, you can terminate your lease before it expires. However, you must do the following three things before terminating the lease: a judge would decide that you have been “constructively evicted”. This would justify a breach of the lease without any other rental obligation. North Carolina rental laws state that you are legally required to pay the rent for the entire term of the lease. Whether or not you live on the premises. It simply can`t be worth negotiating a lease or finding a new tenant to take over. Many leases prohibit assignment or subletting. For those considering an assignment or sublease, the evacuating tenant must have the written consent of the lessor. Many lease agreements require the lessee to pay a fee if the landlord agrees to an assignment or sublease. If it is a joint and several lease, the released tenant also needs the agreement of all the signatories of the rental agreement, lessor and tenant.
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