North Carolina has a good vacation rental law that requires the provision and maintenance of inhabitable properties that are in compliance with current building codes. As spelled out in Article 5 of the state’s Vacation Rental Act the statutory duties of the people or companies that rent out residences for extended stays of less than 90 days are to
- Comply with all current applicable building and housing codes.
- Make all repairs and do whatever is reasonably necessary to put and keep the property in a fit and habitable condition.
- Keep all common areas of the property in safe condition.
- Maintain electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating and other facilities and major appliances supplied by the landlord in safe working order and repair those items promptly.
- Provide operable smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
A landlord or property owner who does not fulfill these legal obligations can be held liable for personal injuries or wrongful deaths.
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