Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys in Pender County
Pender County is within the Wilmington, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area and has an approximate population of 52,000. The county has a great deal of water resources including creeks, ponds, and lakes. The county is approximately 30 miles outside of the historic city of Wilmington and has easy access to the International Airport in New Hanover County. The county is convenient to excellent educational establishments, including the Cape Fear Community College, Miller-Motte College, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Pender County Is the Second Fastest Growing County
According to a recent report in the Wilmington Star Times, Pender County is the second-fastest growing county in the state. Here are the total results regarding new residents per county added during the 2016 to 2017 period and the corresponding percentage increase:
- Brunswick 4,544 / 3.6%
- Pender 2,061 / 3.5%
- Johnston 5,614 / 2.9%
- Cabarrus 5,299 / 2.6%
- Currituck 667 / 2.6%
North Carolina Deck Collapses and Vacation Rental Act (Vra) in 1999
One troubling trend that has developed in recent years involves deck collapses at vacation rental properties. In 1999, the North Carolina legislature decided to add provisions that pertain to the state’s robust vacation industry. Though the Vacation Rental Act (VRA) requires landlords to keep properties in a fit and habitable condition, thousands of vacation rental properties are owned by individuals that never visit the properties in person. They may be managed by brokers or property management organizations that may or may not be diligent regarding notifying landlords about needed inspections and maintenance.
Some of the key provisions of the VRA include:
- Compliance with building and housing codes
- A requirement that the landlord make all repairs and do what is reasonably necessary to put and keep the property in fit and habitable condition
- Guidelines that encompass plumbing, electricity, heating, appliances, and more
- That smoke detectors and a carbon monoxide detectors are present and functional
- The responsibilities that apply to tenants include maintaining sanitary conditions, trash removal, and accountability for any damages that extend beyond normal "wear and tear"