North Carolina Eviction Laws and Eviction Process

A reference of North Carolina Eviction Laws, and steps of the North Carolina eviction process for landlords and renters, updated 2021.

  • What notice do North Carolina eviction laws require that landlords provide tenants before starting the eviction process?
  • Do North Carolina eviction laws allow landlords to use “self-help eviction” methods, such as locking a tenant out of the rental unit or shutting off the utilities? 

North Carolina Eviction Process: Step-by-Step

The eviction process in North Carolina involves the following steps:

  1. The landlord serves the eviction notice.  The landlord must serve the appropriate type of eviction notice on the tenant if notice is required under the law. The notice must state why the tenant is being evicted. 
  2. The landlord files an eviction lawsuit. The landlord can initiate the eviction process in North Carolina by filing a Complaint in Summary Ejectment and a Motion to Enforce Conditional Eviction Order Notice of Hearing, which schedules a hearing to determine if the tenant should be removed from the rental property.
  3. The landlord serves the legal documents. The landlord must legally serve the tenant with the legal documents. 
  4. Parties attend the court hearing. The parties attend the hearing and present their case. If the tenant does not appear or the court rules in the landlord’s favor, the court provides a Judgment for Possession. 
  5. The landlord requests a writ of possession. If the tenant refuses to move out after the ruling is made against them, the landlord requests a writ of possession
  6. The landlord provides the writ of possession to the sheriff. The sheriff uses the writ of possession to forcibly remove the tenant from the property.

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