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Tropical weather threatening your vacation plans? Know your renter's rights

Posted July 1, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014

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— Has tropical weather put your summer vacation plans in limbo?

If so, you should know your rights under North Carolina law when it comes to getting a refund on a rental property.

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office says landlords are required under state law to provide a written agreement that spells out the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord and the tenant.

That usually includes information about cancellation policies and travel insurance.

If you’re ordered to leave as part of a mandatory evacuation, the Attorney General's Office, says, and you were not given a chance to purchase insurance, the landlord is required to refund your money for each night you can’t stay at the rental property.

If you are offered that insurance and choose not to buy it, the landlord does not have to refund your money – even if there is a mandatory evacuation.

The same goes if you miss out on a couple of days, are unhappy that a walkway or pool is no longer usable or just decide that you don't want to go because of damage nearby.

Without rental insurance, don't expect compensation.

Many landlords are willing to work with tenants by either giving them credit for a future stay or switching dates, but you should check in advance.


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  • WralCensorsAreBias Jul 3, 2014

    "Tropical weather threatening your vacation plans?"

    Nope and neither are your weather alerts. Click on many of the alerts and here's what you get,

    Maybe you should update your info?

  • Deb Rodgers Jul 2, 2014

    Anyone that has been vacationing on the Outer Banks for many years, we know the risk of hurricanes. We know that rental properties offer insurance. We will be traveling to Hatteras on Sunday. Hopefully, the bridge between Rodanthe and Avon will still be there.

  • Sumo Vita Jul 1, 2014

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    Unless the landlord is required by law to give you that option. Which he is.

  • tobywilliamson1973 Jul 1, 2014

    Wow. Always looking for a reason to sue!

  • PowderedToastMan Jul 1, 2014

    " and you were not given a chance to purchase insurance,"

    -it's your responsibility to get insurance...not the landlord