Legal Information: North Carolina

Housing Laws

Updated: 
November 27, 2017

What is a housing law?

A housing law is designed to protect your rights as a tenant.  North Carolina has a law that offers housing-related protection to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  The law includes protections from eviction and the right to break your lease in certain situations.  It also gives you the right to get the lock changed in your apartment.  This law does not include protection for an eviction case brought against you for not paying your rent.*

If you are not a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking but have questions about your housing rights, here are some links that may provide useful information:

  • For information on an anti-discrimination law called the Fair Housing Act, click here.
  • For basic tenant and landlord rights with contact info for legal assistance, click here.

If you are not sure if you are a victim of domestic violence, see What is the legal definition of domestic violence in NC?

* NCGS § 42-42.2