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Avoiding Tenant Rights

Ryan Mulder
Posted Jul 8 2022, 07:05

Hey!  We have a property we're just getting started with in Mars Hill near Asheville that we are short-term renting.  I want to increase the max amount of nights a guest can book but I'm afraid of running into the issue of tenant rights and possible evictions.  Does anyone know how long a tenant has to live in a property in North Carolina before they assume tenant rights?  Has anyone else had trouble with this issue or is it something to not really worry about?  We're brand new and learning the ropes and just trying to avoid any future issues or headaches.  Thanks!

Asheville NC, North Carolina

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Replied Jul 8 2022, 07:08

Most states are 28 days and you’ll need a lease. Quick google will find it! 

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Replied Jul 8 2022, 07:15

According to this, it is 2 weeks in your state. So just set that as your max nights on VRBO and AIR.

https://www.apartments.com/ren...

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Replied Jul 8 2022, 08:06

You can't or shouldn't try and avoid someone's rights.

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Replied Jul 8 2022, 08:28
Quote from @John Underwood:

You can't or shouldn't try and avoid someone's rights.


You are 100% correct, John! You should NEVER try to avoid tenant's rights.

However, I believe he is trying to avoid legal tenancy, which (mainly) carries different removal-from-premises procedures. Short term rental occupants do not have the same legal rights to occupancy as long term rental occupants do. 

There was a rather famous case in California where an uninformed landlord rented his home to a very informed "professional tenant" for more than 30 days, establishing tenancy in that state. The tenant refused to leave, and the landlord found out the hard way that he would have to go through the formal eviction process in order to get the tenant out of the house, rather than simply have them removed for trespassing.

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Replied Jul 8 2022, 11:36
Quote from @Mindy Jensen:
However, I believe he is trying to avoid legal tenancy, which (mainly) carries different removal-from-premises procedures. Short term rental occupants do not have the same legal rights to occupancy as long term rental occupants do. 

That's what I got from his question too. One of the reasons I moved over to STRs...

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Replied Jul 8 2022, 11:53

Hi @Ryan Mulder. Congrats on the new property. I've always understood tenant rights to begin at 30 days, but it would be best to consult an attorney. And it sounds like you may be more concerned about what is sometimes called "squatter's rights." I recommend a full-blown lease for anyone that will stay nearly 30 days, as well as deposits. I require both for my furnished monthly rental. Also, I think you have other things to worry about if you let guests stay in your STR for several weeks. Meaning, they start living in the place, rather than just spending evenings or rainy days in the home. For that reason many of us limit stays in our STR's to 7 or so days.

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Replied Jul 8 2022, 11:58

Just have the electricity, water and gas disconnected. I did that to some psychotic mutt tenants of mine in December. I gave them the number of another person who had their very first STR. 2 problems solved. Got rid of the tenants. Got rid of my competition. She gave up on STRs after that.

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Replied Jul 8 2022, 12:04
Quote from @Paul Sandhu:

Just have the electricity, water and gas disconnected. I did that to some psychotic mutt tenants of mine in December. I gave them the number of another person who had their very first STR. 2 problems solved. Got rid of the tenants. Got rid of my competition. She gave up on STRs after that.


 Dude...you slay me!

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Replied Jul 8 2022, 12:09
Quote from @Mitch Davidson:

I've always understood tenant rights to begin at 30 days, 

they start living in the place, rather than just spending evenings or rainy days in the home. For that reason many of us limit stays in our STR's to 7 or so days.


The link I posted above says 14 days for NC.

I limit my guests to 14 days, even though my state says tenant rights don't kick in until 29. I don't want people getting too comfortable. And even at 14 days, those stays are the ones where I get all the minor complaints and suggestions, like 'you need a bigger closet', 'you should have darker curtains', 'I changed around all your furniture', you need new weatherstripping on your front door', 'I moved your pictures to where I thought they looked best', Etc, Etc.

Don't let guests get comfortable.

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Replied Jul 8 2022, 12:13
Quote from @Bruce Woodruff:
Quote from @Paul Sandhu:

Just have the electricity, water and gas disconnected. I did that to some psychotic mutt tenants of mine in December. I gave them the number of another person who had their very first STR. 2 problems solved. Got rid of the tenants. Got rid of my competition. She gave up on STRs after that.


 Dude...you slay me!


The city pulled the electric meter.  The tenants bypassed the missing meter with 2 metal shears wrapped in electrical tape the next day.  The two top lugs are connected to the pole.  The two bottom lugs feed the breaker box in the house.




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Replied Jul 8 2022, 12:33

And we wanted to be landlords.......sigh.....takes me back..... I need a beer now.....

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Replied Jul 8 2022, 16:09

@Ryan Mulder, you may consider engaging with a great, professional property manager who represents your interest. I think you will find them to be worth every penny.

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Replied Jul 8 2022, 20:55

@Paul Sandhu wow, bypassing the meter like that is a felony in most states. Did you call the power company on them?

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Replied Jul 9 2022, 03:55

@Ryan Mulder Check the NC General Statutes (GS 42).

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Replied Jul 9 2022, 07:27
Quote from @John Bartlett:

@Paul Sandhu wow, bypassing the meter like that is a felony in most states. Did you call the power company on them?


 I called the police.  The police called the power company and they disconnected the line at the top of the pole.  Then they pulled out those 2 shears.

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Replied Jul 9 2022, 19:29

I do a max of 14 days. There's a balance of too few nights (one), and too many (20-30). For STR. If you're doing mid term rentals out of necessity in the market, that's one thing. But in STR, I like that a guest is gone fairly soon. I got lucky in early COVID hosting a month long stay while a couple worked from home. THey were cool, but the more I thought about it, the more I realzied I could have been unlucky and gotten problem guests that aren't out in a week or two. Your mileage may vary. That's the beauty of STR. The ability to experiment.

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Replied Jul 11 2022, 15:13
Quote from @Bruce Woodruff:
Quote from @Paul Sandhu:

Just have the electricity, water and gas disconnected. I did that to some psychotic mutt tenants of mine in December. I gave them the number of another person who had their very first STR. 2 problems solved. Got rid of the tenants. Got rid of my competition. She gave up on STRs after that.


 Dude...you slay me!

Hey baby, it’s a war out there! 😇