How To Serve an Eviction Notice in North Carolina

How To Serve an Eviction Notice in North Carolina

Last Updated: March 15, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

In North Carolina, in order for the delivery of a lease termination or eviction notice to be legal, certain rules and procedures must be followed. If they are not and the case proceeds to court, the case may be postponed or dismissed by a judge.

Who Can Serve Eviction Notices in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, landlords can serve eviction notices and lease termination notices themselves. Landlords may choose to hire a sheriff, process server or independent party over eighteen (18) years old to serve an official notice, but they are not required to do so by law.

When Can Eviction Notices Be Served in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, lease termination and eviction notices can be served immediately on any day of the week and at any time of day.

For a 10 Day Notice to Quit for nonpayment of rent, the eviction notice for tenants that do not pay rent in full and on time, a landlord can serve notice the day after rent is due. There is no legal grace period for paying rent in North Carolina, rent is late starting the day after it’s due.

Acceptable Forms of Service in North Carolina

North Carolina law is not specific on requirements for serving an initial eviction notice, so landlords may use any method which conveys the necessary information in an effective manner. The following methods, used for serving official court business, represent the legal gold standard in the state:

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. Hand delivery to a person of suitable age and discretion at the tenant’s dwelling or usual place of abode, who can accept the notice on behalf of the tenant
  3. Delivery by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed and delivered to the tenant

Mailed notice extends the notice period by three (3) calendar days, to account for variable delivery times.

Obtaining Proof of Service in North Carolina 

Landlords can show proof that the notice was delivered through the following methods:

  • Hand Delivery – by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery
  • Certified/Registered Mail – via return receipt and completing a Declaration of Service

North Carolina Eviction and Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds
10 Day Notice To Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent
Notice To Comply or Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation
2 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Weekly Lease
7 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Monthly Lease / No Lease
30 Day Notice To Vacate Ending a Yearly Lease