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Document Last Modified: 6/13/2021

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Whether you're a novice or a seasoned lease expert, our North Carolina Lease Builder is a flexible, quick, and easy-to-use tool. Like every state in the nation, North Carolina has its own Landlord Tenant laws and restrictions that must be addressed in rental lease agreements.

Our North Carolina Assist will guide you through these laws and regulations, and help you to apply them properly as you move through the steps in our customizable Lease Builder.

The North Carolina lease is programmed to automatically add state-required disclosures and clauses. In addition, this document also meets lease requirements for the cities of Charlotte and Greensboro. Also, the default language that is offered with individual clauses and addenda is specifically selected to protect landlords and property managers in cases of litigation, by anticipating common complaints and addressing them in advance.

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North Carolina State Laws

Category State Law
Ending and Renewing
North Carolina Law
Week to Week: Lease may be terminated by notice 2 days before the end of the current week of tenancy.
Month to Month: Lease may be terminated by notice 7 days before the end of the current month of tenancy.
Year to Year: Lease may be terminated by written notice given 30 days before the end of the current term of tenancy.
Security Deposit
North Carolina Law
Security Deposits may not exceed the following amounts:
If rent is collected every week, the landlord can require an amount equal to 2 weeks rent.
If rent is collected monthly, the landlord may require an amount equal to 1 and a 1/2 month’s rent.
If there is a lease for more than a month, the landlord may require an amount equal to 2 months.
Regarding the handling of the security deposit:
The landlord must give the tenant written notice of the name of the bank that is holding the tenant’s security deposit or the name and address of the insurance company providing a bond to cover the security deposit.

Non-Refundable Fees
Pet deposits.
Landlords may charge a reasonable, nonrefundable fee for pets kept by tenants on the premises. § 42-53
Returned Payment Fee
North Carolina Law
Fees for bounced checks/declined payment may not exceed $25. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 25-3-506
Late Fee
North Carolina Law
Once a rental payment is 5 or more days late, a landlord may assess a late fee which may not exceed $15 or 5% of the rental payment, whichever is greater.
Insurance Requirements
North Carolina Law
Landlords may require tenants to obtain rental insurance, and could make the failure to do so a breach of the lease.
Addenda & Disclosures
North Carolina Law
If the leased premises was constructed prior to 1978, the landlord must provide all tenants with the Lead-Based Paint EPA Disclosure and the Lead-Based Paint EPA Pamphlet.
Notice to Enter
North Carolina Law
No statute; However, we always recommend at least giving 24 hours notice before entering the leased premises for non emergencies.
Landlord Requirements
North Carolina Law
Smoke Detectors:
The landlord shall provide operable smoke detectors and shall replace or repair the smoke detectors within 15 days of written notification from the tenant. The landlord shall ensure that a smoke detector is operable and in good repair at the beginning of each tenancy. Unless the landlord and the tenant have a written agreement to the contrary, the landlord shall place new batteries in a battery-operated smoke detector at the beginning of a tenancy and the tenant shall replace the batteries as needed during the tenancy.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors:
Landlords shall provide a minimum of one operable carbon monoxide detector per rental unit per level.

Contact your local housing or zoning office to be sure your rental property complies with city and county requirements for inspections, rent control, occupancy limits, property codes and zoning. Many cities and counties require inspections, registrations and have specific maintenance regulations.

North Carolina Forms & Documents

North Carolina Vacation Landlord Tenant Act
North Carolina Information Pamphlet for Landlords & Tenants
North Carolina 10 Day Demand for Rent
North Carolina 10 Day Demand for Compliance
North Carolina Complaint in Summary Ejectment

North Carolina Lease Features

There are so many great features included in the Lease Package:
  • North Carolina-required lease language
  • Opportunity to add your preferred text and clauses
  • Addenda that are fully customizable
  • Help at every step of the Lease Builder with North Carolina Assist boxes
  • ESign, email or print lease

Create your North Carolina lease agreements for Residential, Condo, House, Home, Trailer, Apartment, Townhome, Housing, Real Estate, Duplex, Buildings, and many more!

North Carolina Lease Package Documents

This list is just a sample of the dozens of addenda and disclosures that may be customized and attached to the North Carolina lease agreement:

Rules and Regulations

All of these options, and many more, may be included in the North Carolina lease by checking off boxes in Step 6 of the Lease Builder:
  • Tenant agrees not to transfer, assign or sub-lease unit without landlord's written permission.
  • Late fees are strictly enforced and unpaid fees will not be waived.
  • Garbage/Trash/Recycling must be taken to the curb on scheduled removal days.
  • Charcoal and barbecue gas grills may not be used inside the leased premises.

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