Current Resident FAQ

What am I responsible for as a resident?

Typically, all residents are responsible for:

  • Securing all utilities for the home, unless otherwise provided
  • Lawn care – may vary per property as stated in your Lease
  • Changing the furnace/air conditioning filters regularly
  • Minor repairs to your home, including, but not limited to, to replacing light bulbs and clogged drains
  • Changing the smoke detector batteries during tenancy (these are new when you move in)
  • Pest control
  • Complying with all Homeowner Association Rules, where applicable
  • Following the terms of your lease - Download a SAMPLE version of a Lease located in the Forms section of our website.

How can I pay rent after I move in?

Rent can be paid by personal check or money order until the fifth of the month. After the 5th of the month we will only accept rent in the form of certified funds (money order or bank check). Additionally, late payments must include the late rent charges or they will not be accepted. Your bank should also offer a direct draft check mail service allowing your rent to be drafted and a check mailed monthly. Please inquire about this service.

What happens if I do not pay my rent?

If your rent is not received on, or before, the 5th of the month, you will receive a letter notifying you that you are in breach of your lease and payment must be made promptly. On the 13th of the month, a second letter will be mailed to anyone who has not paid rent by that day. Summary Ejectment (Eviction) filings will be made on the 18th of each month should payment in full not be received by then.

What is a Summary Ejectment filing?

A Summary Ejectment (Eviction) filing is the first step in the eviction process and should not be taken lightly. A decision in favor of the Plaintiff (landlord) can stay on your record for 10 years and might make it difficult to obtain future housing and credit. A summary ejectment filing is also expensive; fees can often exceed $200 and are the responsibility of the resident.

Q: Can I just move out when my lease expires?

No. Even though the initial term of your lease expires on a certain date, it converts to a month-to-month lease and is still in full force until proper notice is given by either party. Download a proper 60-Day Notice of Intent to Vacate Form located in the Forms section of our website.

How do I terminate my lease?

Our leases require a 60-day notice to terminate by either party. They also must terminate on the last day of the month. Download a proper 60-Day Notice of Intent to Vacate Form located in the Forms section of our website.

What do I do if I need to change the terms of the lease?

A lease is a legally binding agreement and cannot be changed without the consent of both parties. Should you breach the lease by leaving early, typically, you will be responsible for the advertising fee, other costs in re-renting the property and rental payments until the end of your lease, or until the property is re-leased. If you need to change the terms of your lease contact our office to discuss your particular situation.

What happens if I do not pay my last month’s rent?

You will be responsible for the additional rent associated with the non-payment and be subject to the Summary Ejectment process.

The Edwards Companies
6330 Falls of Neuse Rd, Suite 101-E
Raleigh, NC 27615
Phone & Fax: (844) 432 – 7368

The Edwards Companies
PO BOX 21076
Raleigh, NC 27619

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