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What are your rights as a tenant during the pandemic?

What are your rights as a tenant during the pandemic?
"I am moving out of my rental house, and my landlord wants me to show the home to potential renters. But I’m concerned about my safety because of COVID. What rights do I have?" a viewer asked News 13’s I-Team Coronavirus Help Desk. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

News 13's investigative team is working to answer your questions about the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on Western North Carolina.

"I am moving out of my rental house, and my landlord wants me to show the home to potential renters. But I’m concerned about my safety because of COVID. What rights do I have?" a viewer asked News 13’s I-Team Coronavirus Help Desk.

The team at Pisgah Legal Services said this question comes down to exactly what is written in the rental lease.

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Robin Merrell, the nonprofit's managing attorney, said some leases include provisions about exactly when the landlord is allowed to enter the property.

Here is the entire response from Robin Merrell, managing attorney at Pisgah Legal Services:

What is written in the lease is what governs. Many written leases include provisions of when the landlord can enter the property and for what reasons. If it is a verbal lease or the written lease doesn’t say, then the landlord does not have the right to enter the property unless the tenant agrees, except in the case of an emergency, such as a water or gas leak, or the premises is on fire.

If you are facing difficulties with housing, you can apply for free help with Pisgah Legal Services online or call (828) 253-0406 (toll free 1-800-489-6144).

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You can submit your questions to Iteam@wlos.com. News 13's Jennifer Emert, Lauren Brigman and Karen Zatkulak will work to get an answer for you.

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