My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: NC
Moved in to home 11/11. After a couple weeks landlord states insurance agent is coming by to look at a leak in the roof that was draining into the kitchen. After rain it was creating significant (approx 2 ft wide puddle on tile during average storm). Drywall during rain is soft like I could almost put my finger through it.
Landlord stated the insurance was going to take care of it. After months I got tired and siliconed a piece of plastic board over area to stop leak from damaging items getting wet.
Just now (6 months later) he stated a contractor was coming by to fix it. Rather he and some friends came by, fixed the roof and left ceiling as pictured. He continued by approaching my neighbors and calling me an asinine kid (I'm 31, his elder). Slander? He told them I moved a bucket in the attic and thats why it is leaking. I have never even been in the attic. And there was a bucket full of water over my head? Water doesn't evaporate that quickly. What if it broke through the ceiling?
There is also mold in ceiling in garage. Is this grounds to break my lease under conditions being uninhabitable? He has been aware of damage well over 30 days.
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The reason I want to leave is he installed a lock box on my door and a sign in my yard. I told him I was not comfortable with that access to my house. The lease states that during the lease that the house is for sale and available to view, but the lockbox is only for last 60 days. He says that being available implies a lockbox because I was only willing to show with 24 hours notice and there will be situations that it is not available.
The lease states a lockbox is only available for last 60 days, but "lanlord may show the property to prospective buyers for the purpose of resale at any time during this lease". Can I break my lease based on this?
Thanks for your time.