Yes, a lease can automatically renew in North Carolina. Usually, there will be an automatic renewal provision, or else the lease will immediately become a month-to-month lease if neither party gives the notice to end the tenancy.
Both of these renewal circumstances are common in North Carolina. It depends on the language and clauses included in the lease. In some cases, a yearly lease will renew for another year if the landlord accepts rent after the expiration of the lease.
For a yearly lease, either party must give notice one month before the end of the term. In a month-to-month lease, either party must give 7-days’ notice that they wish to end the tenancy (NC Gen Stat § 42-14).
The information for this answer was found on our North Carolina Residential Lease Agreement answers.