Legal Defense For Commercial Tenants Facing Eviction In North Carolina
Operating a business is a constant challenge even in the best of times. Keeping the doors open and paying the rent during a pandemic may be too much to ask.
Thousands of North Carolina business owners are facing legal action or making the difficult choice to shut down or file for bankruptcy. If your commercial landlord is pursuing eviction or suing you for arrears, you need legal counsel to assert your rights and protect your financial interests.
Roberts & Harris PC represents small business owners throughout North Carolina. Our experienced lawyers can provide eviction defense, represent you in negotiations, or respond to collection actions and creditor claims. Call us at 877-404-1138 to explore your options.
Fighting A Commercial Eviction
Many sectors, from bars and restaurants to retailers and recreational venues, have been hit especially hard. Some landlords were gracious with extensions or accepting partial rent. Other commercial landlords bypassed good faith efforts and proceeded straight to collection actions and eviction proceedings. Our governor, the North Carolina Supreme Court and the federal CARES Act provided an important reprieve to small businesses – including a moratorium on rent-related evictions. Unfortunately, those protections were only temporary.
While commercial tenants do not enjoy the same protections as residential tenants, you do have rights. We will challenge a wrongful eviction if the landlord failed to give proper notice, violated statutory timelines, defied COVID-19 executive orders or otherwise acted in bad faith to force you out.
We have also litigated retaliatory evictions arising from other landlord-tenant disputes.
Working Out A Solution
Commercial landlords may not be eager to evict a struggling business that has been an otherwise good and longstanding tenant. Our attorneys can negotiate on your behalf to work something out, such as a realistic payment plan, partial payment as satisfaction of the past due rent, or reworking the terms of the lease to avoid folding the enterprise and filing bankruptcy.
Protect Your Tenants’ Rights And Interests
Our trial lawyers have extensive experience in business litigation, including commercial landlord-tenant disputes and litigation of commercial evictions. Having represented both sides, we know the law and which defenses and strategies to invoke in your situation.
We invite you to call our Raleigh law office at 877-404-1138 or contact us online to arrange a time to discuss our experience and how we can help.