North Carolina Rent Increases & Fees

QUICK FACTS
  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. North Carolina state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. For month-to-month tenancies, North Carolina landlords must provide 7 days notice from next rent due date.
  • Late Rent Fees. North Carolina state landlords may charge a tenant the greater of $15 or 5% for late payment of monthly rent.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

Unless otherwise stated in a lease agreement, a North Carolina landlord may not increase rent within the course term of a lease. At the end of a lease, a North Carolina landlord may increase rent in the amount that he/she sees fit. The state provides no legislation regarding notice required for increasing rent on a month-to-month tenant. However, the amount of notice required to end tenancy is generally considered appropriate.

When is it illegal to raise rent?

A North Carolina landlord may not retaliate against a tenant by raising rent within one year of his/her:

  • Making a request for repairs on the property
  • Filing a complaint with the appropriate agency regarding health, safety, or code violations
  • Exercising his/her rights existing under a rental agreement of state or federal law
  • Joining or organizing a tenant’s group (NC Statute 42-37.1).

It is also illegal for a North Carolina landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant Fair Housing Act.

Is there a rent increase limit?

The state of North Carolina doesn’t regulate the amount rent may be increased.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

A North Carolina landlord may increase rent on a month-to-month tenant at any time so long as a 7-Day Notice is provided before increased rent is expected (North Carolina Statute 42-14).

How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

North Carolina doesn’t regulate the frequency with which rent may be increased.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

A North Carolina landlord may charge a tenant the greater of $15 or 5% for late payment of monthly rent so long as rent is at least five days late. An amount of the greater of $4 or 5% may be charged for weekly rent, so long as rent is at least five days late (North Carolina Statute 42-46).

Laws Regarding Bounced Check fees

A North Carolina landlord may charge a flat fee of up to $25 for rental payments returned for insufficient funds.

Cities in the State With Rent Control

North Carolina has no rent control. In fact state legislation indicates that no county or city may enact, maintain, or enforce any ordinance seeking to regulate the amount of rent that can be charged for privately owned rental property (North Carolina Statute 42-14-1).