Can a landlord in North Carolina Charlotte, Mecklenberg County lock out a tenant after the lease expires??

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Can a landlord in North Carolina Charlotte, Mecklenberg County lock out a tenant after the lease expires??

I have a tenant in a condo unit I own and sent a registered letter saying that I was not going to renew her lease. Can I lock her out after the lease expires?

Asked on August 3, 2017 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No you cannot lock out this tenant or take any other self-help measures (i.e. cutting off utilities, removing their belongings, etc.). If you do, then they will have a cause of action against you. If this person fails to remove themselves at the end of the lease term, then you will have to file an "unlawful detainer", which is just another name for eviction.


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