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Hi there. If the corporation dissolved, I would pursue the shareholders of the corporation. When you dissolve a corporation, one of the things you have to provide in your dissolution documents is that the shareholders have made adequate provision for the debts of the corporation. The lease is one of the debts of the corporation, so the dissolution has put the individual shareholders at risk.
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I think the President of the corporation doesn't know what's he is doing. If a business was doing busines in a number of states, that business would incorporate in one state and then qualify that corporation to do business in the various states it was doing business in. If he is in fact an existing Nevada corporation, then you can pursue the corporation. If his Nevada corporation is doing business in North Carolina, it needs to qualify to do business in North Carolina--though typically the penalties for not doing so are usually not very severe. Even if it hasn't qualified to do business in North Carolina, the corpoation would still be obligated under your lease.
Sorry for the delay...I've been traveling today. If the corporation does not exist and never existed, but occupancy was taken, they have perpetrated a fraud on you and you can file suit for that. Also, if there is no corporation, then the signer would not have any corporate shield, but would be personally liable.