North Carolina Rental Laws

North Carolina Rental Laws

Your North Carolina Rental Laws Guide to helpful links and information for leases, rent, security deposits, tenant screening, real estate and government.

Official Website of the State of North Carolina

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of North Carolina was 9,943,964 on July 1, 2014, a 4.28% increase since the 2010 United States Census.

The State of North Carolina has 100 counties.

State Rules and Regulations:

Important Lease Terms

Security Deposits:

  • Amount: Based on length of lease.  Weekly: 2 weeks rent.  Month to month: 1 and a half month’s rent.  Greater than month to month: 2 Months rent.
  • Return Deadline:  30 days; if landlord’s claim against the deposit cannot be finalized within that time, landlord may send an interim accounting and a final accounting within 60 days of the tenancy’s termination

Fees and Notices:

  • Applications Fees: No Restrictions
  • Termination Notice:  Landlord can terminate with an Unconditional Quit notice if term is material.
  • Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent: Yes or repair and deduct

Landlord Disclosures:

Real Estate Links

Federal Government

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act – Federal Government legislation which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.
  • Fair Housing Act – The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children

Credit Reports

Tenant Screening

  • Options for Tenant Screening Packages and Prices
  • Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Counties Provided:  Alamance,  Alexander,  Alleghany,  Anson,  Ashe,  Avery,  Beaufort,  Bertie,  Bladen,  Brunswick,  Buncombe,  Burke,  Cabarrus,  Caldwell,  Camden,  Carteret,  Caswell,  Catawba,  Chatham,  Cherokee,  Chowan,  Clay,  Cleveland,  Columbus,  Craven,  Cumberland,  Currituck,  Dare,  Davidson,  Davie,  Duplin,  Durham,  Edgecombe,  Forsyth,  Franklin,  Gaston,  Gates,  Graham,  Granville,  Greene,  Guilford,  Halifax,  Harnett,  Haywood,  Henderson,  Hertford,  Hoke,  Hyde,  Iredell,  Jackson,  Johnston,  Jones,  Lee,  Lenoir,  Lincoln,  McDowell,  Macon,  Madison,  Martin,  Mecklenburg,  Mitchell,  Montgomery,  Moore,  Nash,  New Hanover,  Northampton,  Onslow,  Orange,  Pamlico,  Pasquotank,  Pender,  Perquimans,  Person,  Pitt,  Polk,  Randolph,  Richmond,  Robeson,  Rockingham,  Rowan,  Rutherford,  Sampson,  Scotland,  Stanly,  Stokes,  Surry,  Swain,  Transylvania,  Tyrrell,  Union,  Vance,  Wake,  Warren,  Washington,  Watauga,  Wayne,  Wilkes,  Wilson,  Yadkin,  Yancey

Last Updated: April 15, 2020