If I rented commercial property without a lease, can the landlord make me to remove nails and fix the holes left in the walls?

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If I rented commercial property without a lease, can the landlord make me to remove nails and fix the holes left in the walls?

By law, do I have to do this? When we moved in there, there were tire marks on the floors, walls and doors. We had to clean these and put up boards to cover the walls; she was letting a tire shop use it as storage. We painted some walls and also had to clean up clothes, beer bottles and general debris.

Asked on November 20, 2018 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

There was a lease--an oral or unwritten one, which constituted the agreement or understanding as to your rental. (There is always a lease, since there is always an agreement.) 
A tenant is responsible for repairing (or paying to repair) any damage they did, which includes nails and nail holes in the walls. You are not responsible for anything predating your tenancy.

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