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Dwelling on renters’ rights
Have a home sweet home in the Land of the Sky. | Photo by @ashevillepictures
At the request of reader Janet R., we’re investing in the rental market. No, we don’t mean we’re buying a house to rent out — we’re just dedicating an article to it. So make yourself at home while we talk landlords’ and renters’ rights, responsibilities, and resources.

Most legal rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords are established at the state level, like under the Residential Rental Agreement Act and NC General Statue 42 (specifically for a “dwelling unit” and not a vacation rental), so let’s start with the big picture basics.

If you’re a tenant

  • Always top of the list is that you have to pay your rent on time.
  • You also have to keep the place clean, safe, and free from damage — if you or even a guest of yours causes damage, you might be responsible for it.
  • If you decide to move out at the end of the lease, you have to give notice. Most leases will specify notice requirements, but if they don’t, NC requires two days for weekly rent, seven days for monthly rent, and one month for a year-to-year lease.

If you’re a landlord

  • You have to comply with local codes (like the City of Asheville’s minimum housing code and Buncombe County’s rental housing ordinance).
  • The dwelling has to be in a fit and habitable condition — that includes common areas being kept in safe condition and providing operable smoke alarms.
  • Facilities and appliances that you provide the tenant have to be kept in safe working order and repaired promptly when a request is made.
Tuesday, April 2
  • The Blood Connection Blood Drive | Tuesday, April 2 | 1-6 p.m. | Taproom At Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Ste. 200, Asheville | Free | Raise a glass to saving lives with a blood drive at the brewery.
Wednesday, April 3
  • Books to Action Book Club | Wednesday, April 3 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Buncombe County Election Services, 59 Woodfin Pl., Woodfin | Free | Focus on elections and voting with a discussion of “Thank You for Voting” by Erin Geiger Smith — registration is required.
  • Open Mic Night | Wednesday, April 3 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Twin Leaf Brewery, 144 Coxe Ave., Asheville | Free | Sign up to put your musical skills in the spotlight or just sit back and enjoy the show.
Thursday, April 4
  • Line Dancing and Two-Stepping | Thursday, April 4 | 6-9 p.m. | Banks Ave. Bar, 32 Banks Ave., Asheville | Free | Get into the groove with the free line dancing and two-step lessons — no partner, boots, or experience needed.
  • Flimflams and Shenanigans Comedy | Thursday, April 4 | 8 p.m. | New Origin Brewing, 131 Thompson St., Asheville | Free | Enjoy a laugh-a-minute lineup hosted by local favorite Derek Boskovich — the show is free but donations are encouraged.
Friday, April 5
  • Citizen Vinyl Factory Tour | Friday, April 5 | 12-12:45 p.m. | Citizen Vinyl, 14 O. Henry Ave., Asheville | Free | See behind the scenes of the record-pressing operation and the former WWNC radio station — registration is strongly encouraged.
  • Race-O-Rama | Friday, April 5 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Rd., Leicester | Free | Bring your K-5th graders to build race tracks and design structures to let their matchbox cars defy gravity.
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News Notes
  • Downtown’s Melting Pot Social has closed for business as of Sunday, March 31. The restaurant, which was part of national company Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., opened in July 2021 and cited “economic market conditions not returning to pre-pandemic levels” as its reason for closure. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Coming Soon
  • Haywood Famous, the much-anticipated Cuban coffee shop and sober nightlife spot, announced that it officially secured its West Asheville space. Keep an eye out for its opening at 508 Haywood Rd.
  • These siblings have some serious star power. In the midst of Hollywood Week, Black Mountain-based singers Max Dasher and Laela Dasher Skinner moved to the next round on “American Idol.” On Sunday, March 31, the judges chose 56 of 143 contestants to join the Showstoppers round. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
  • The Land of Sky Regional Council Area Agency on Aging’s Ombudsman Program is looking for Community Advisory Committee volunteers in Buncombe County. Volunteers help ensure that the rights of residents in long-term care facilities are being met. Send an email for more information.
  • Greenville, SC-based publisher Good Printed Things is celebrating National Poetry Month with the release of “The Song of Everything” by Glenis Redmond and an event on Wednesday, April 3 at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe. Redmond and store founder Emöke B’Rácz will share some of their new poetry. Register to join online or in person.
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  • You may want to pause your scroll for just a moment, cause this luxury home might be the most beautiful thing you see today. For us, it’s the stone-wrapped fireplace + stunning wood accents.*
Step up to the plate for the Tourists’ opening day
Fans sit in the foreground watching an Asheville Tourists came at sunset at McCormick Field.
The team is ready to hit it out of the park. | Photo via @ashevilletourists
We’re taking you out to the ballgame. This Friday, April 5, McCormick Field will turn on the floodlights and get the concessions cooking for the Asheville Tourists’ opening day. The Tourists will swing for the fences against the Winston-Salem Dash to kick off the 2024 season.

This season’s roster includes six of the top 30 prospects for the Houston Astros (of which the Tourists are the High-A affliate): Luis Baez, Brice Matthews, Jake Bloss, Andrew Taylor, Trey Dombrowski, and Cam Fisher. If you want to know who else will be up to bat, check out the full opening day roster.

If you’re the type of fan who’s more focused on the experience than on the game (no judgment), then cheer for Dollar Dog Friday and a post-game fireworks show.

Grab your tickets for the opening day game, or select your seats for the full season.
The Buy
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After a positively balmy day today, it looks like another little winter is on the horizon. So I say raise a glass to the spring (well, practically summer) vibes while you can, and join Tiki Easy Bar’s Rum Club. The monthly meeting happens tonight, April 2, at 6 p.m. and will compare + discuss antique vs. contemporary Captain Morgan rums.
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