Can my landlord withhold my lease?
October 6, 2007 8:55 AM Subscribe
My landlord is trying to force me out of my lease. What are my legal options?
posted by EarBucket to law & government (20 answers total)
I'm in North Carolina. My fiancee and I moved into an house a few months ago owned by a friend of a friend. We signed a two-year lease at move-in. The landlord had only brought one copy of the lease, but promised to get us a copy in the next few days, and we (foolishly) said that would be fine. Now it's three months later, she still won't get us a copy of the lease (she keeps claiming she can't find it, and hasn't returned my calls for about a week now), and she's telling us now that she's changed her mind and wants us to move out in six months. I do have voicemails recorded from her telling me she's going to be getting me a copy of the lease, so I'm not too worried about her going to court and claiming it doesn't exist, but I still don't like not having it in hand. So:
1) Can I legally compel her to cough up my copy of the lease?
2) If I can't make her give me the lease, am I screwed?
3) Should I hire a lawyer now, or wait and see what her next move is?