State: North Carolina
Do I have to allow the property management company to enter the dwelling I am renting if the owner (named "landlord" not the property management co.) has terminated my 1yr lease due to late payment? The home is in foreclosure and recently listed in the MLS. The landlord and property mgmt co (Realty Co.) gave me a choice to either make an offer on the home for purchase or to move out, 5 months into the 1yr lease.
They used the opportunity to terminate the lease when I was late for the first time on my rent payment, even after overnighting the payment to the owner (named landlord and payee) who lives out of state, who then denied the payment and sent it back via certified letter.
I have secured a new home to move into but it will not be ready for 2 more weeks. The Realtor continues to pressure me to move out. No eviction or summary ejectment has been served. I am currently NOT under a lease agreement as the landlord terminated it. The Realtor has listed the house in the MLS and wants to now visit the home inside citing a 24hr notice to enter. It is my understanding this is only valid in a lease situation, which the lease no longer exists as they have terminated it.
I have been told I am now a "holdover tenant" even though I have attempted to pay the rent, but it's apparent I am being forced out of this home as it's in foreclosure and the owner wants to try to sell it before proceedings are final.
My overall question is....since I am not in a lease any longer as it's been officially terminated however I have not received an eviction notice, do I have to allow the property management company (again...NOT listed as the landlord/owner of the lease) entry into the home prior to me moving out in 2 weeks?
I have tried to cooperate with the Realtor by being available to show the home for prospective buyers as this home is listed as a "short sale", however currently no interested parties have seen the home. The Realtor for the property management company is demanding entry this week by giving me 24-hr notice because they "believe that I have remodeled or altered the home" which is untrue. I want to have a right to my privacy as I work from home full time as an IT professional and do not need nosy Realtors walking through the home while I am here for the remaining 2 weeks.
What are the legal rights I have to stop them from entering the home, as no lease exists?