In North Carolina, Wake County, I entered in to a lease agreement for a mobilehome property. Despite having a written agreement, the landlord has threatened to rip up the lease agreement, which would leave me with no proof that I ever lived there. The issue: The landlord hired a plumber to fix the water issue that my mobilehome was having. However, the plumber made a mistake and the place was flooded. Most, if not all, of my personal property was ruined and no longer works, as a result of the mishap. Subsequently, the landlord told me that I have 15 days to vacate the property, with no written notice, no reason, and with compensation for the damages. Is this legal?
Based on your facts, the person that would be most likely responsible for your personal property damage would be the plumber, rather than the landlord. In this situation, it appears that the plumber was an independent contractor, acting on behalf of the landlord, but not under the landlord's control and supervision. Arguments can be plausibly made in the other direction, but I do not think they will win. Thus, discussions with, or legal action against, the plumber, have a higher chance of success than similar efforts vis-a-vis the landlord.
On the second issue, the landlord's conduct is probably illegal. You have a written lease, and according to your facts, you have not done anything that would constitute a breach. If you are in legal possession of the premises, therefore, the landlord cannot arbitrarily tell you that you suddenly have to go. You may need an attorney to contact the landlord and check his actions accordingly.
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