Landlord’s guide for Evictions in North Carolina

North Carolina has specific laws and regulations surrounding landlord evictions. As a landlord, it’s important to understand these laws and the proper procedures for properly evicting a tenant. In this blog post, we will discuss the necessary steps and procedures for eviction in North Carolina.

Legal Grounds for Eviction

A landlord may only begin the eviction process for certain legal grounds. Some of the reasons for eviction include non-payment of rent, violation of lease terms, illegal activities, or damage to the property. Before beginning the eviction process, it’s essential to ensure that the reason for eviction falls under one of these legal grounds.

Issuing a Notice to Quit

Before proceeding with the eviction process, North Carolina law requires landlords to issue a Notice to Quit to the tenant. This notice informs the tenant that they are in violation of their rental agreement and must remedy the situation or vacate the property within a certain number of days. The required length of time varies depending on the specific offense, such as non-payment of rent or a lease violation.

Filing a Complaint for Summary Ejectment

If the tenant fails to vacate the property or remedy the situation by the end of the specified notice period, landlords may proceed with filing a Complaint for Summary Ejectment with the county court. After filing, a court date is set for the hearing. The tenant then receives a copy of the filed Complaint along with a summons to appear in court.

Hearing and Judgment

At the eviction hearing, the judge will hear evidence from both parties. If the landlord provides sufficient evidence of the violation of the lease agreement, the judge will issue a judgment in favor of the landlord. If the tenant does not appear in court, the judge will likely issue a default judgment and grant the landlord legal possession of the property.

Writ of Possession

If the judge grants a judgment in favor of the landlord, they will be issued a Writ of Possession. This document allows the county sheriff to remove the tenant and any belongings from the property if they do not leave after the court judgment. The Writ usually provides tenants with a final opportunity to vacate voluntarily or risk being forcibly evicted by the sheriff.

In Conclusion

The eviction process in North Carolina requires following specific steps and procedures before evicting a tenant legally. Violating these rules could lead to legal issues and damage to your brand as a landlord. At Donaldson Law PLLC, we advise landlords to work with experienced attorneys to ensure compliance with state and local laws in the eviction process. This way, a lawful and efficient eviction process is carried out.

Author Bio

As founder and principal attorney of Donaldson Law PLLC, Scott Donaldson leverages his background in law enforcement to provide exceptional representation across core practice areas, including personal injury law and estate planning. Before founding his Wilmington-based firm in 2023, Mr. Donaldson honed his understanding of the law as a Lieutenant in the esteemed New York City Sheriff’s Office.

He subsequently graduated cum laude from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, earning the Law School Book Award for demonstrating exceptional mastery of complex legal subjects. With an extensive legal background, Mr. Donaldson brings authoritative experience and insight when navigating each client case. He remains dedicated to upholding the highest legal standards and achieving optimal outcomes for all he represents.

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