Can my landlord drain a pond on the property I am renting?

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Can my landlord drain a pond on the property I am renting?

Asked on August 31, 2015 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Yes, landlords may "renovate" property--make changes to it including, as in this case, draining or filling the pond--even while it is being leased, because even though you lease it, the landlord still owns it and as owners, they may make changes to it. The only restrictions are
1 They need to give you notice of the work--they can't show up unannounced 
2 They have to do the work at reasonable times/days e.g. during the workweek, during working hours, and not at night 
3 They have to reasonably minimize the disruption to you and
4 They can't violate the terms of a written lease, so if you have a lease stating that the house comes with or has access to a pond, then while that lease is in effect, they landlord may not eliminate the pond, if doing so would violate or breach the lease.


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