North Carolina Landlord Retaliation Laws

North Carolina Landlord Retaliation Laws

Last Updated: June 9, 2023

Tenant Protected Actions
  • Health/Safety Complaints to Gov’t or Landlord
  • Participating in a Tenant Organization
  • Enforcing Lawful Rights
  • Landlord Getting Health/Safety Citation
Landlord Retaliatory Actions
  • Eviction
Penalties for Retaliation
  • Repossess Property
  • Sue for Damages
  • Get a Court Injunction

When Is It Illegal for Landlords to Retaliate in North Carolina?

It’s illegal for North Carolina landlords to retaliate by attempting eviction against tenants. Tenants get protection when they’ve taken one of the following actions (or benefited from the government giving a citation against the landlord) in the past 12 months:

  • Good-faith complaints to the landlord or the government about failure to keep the property up to required standards.
  • Participating in a tenant organization.
  • Pursuing rights or remedies given by the law or lease.

The law allows exceptions for landlords who have a good-faith reason to evict that isn’t retaliatory. For example, if the landlord shows that the tenant stopped paying rent without legal permission, the landlord can still evict.

What Can Tenants Do in Response in North Carolina?

North Carolina tenants can respond to landlord retaliation by suing for quiet enjoyment of the property. If the tenant wins, the landlord’s eviction action will fail. The tenant can also recover monetary damages and ask the court for an injunction to prevent further landlord interference.