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Tarheeltim

Retaliation in NC

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It began with a septic issue. Eventually was repaired after 6 Months later, getting county involved. I sued for rent recoupment and judges found in my favor in the first 2 hearings (Landlord has appealed again). 5 days after first hearing I received a letter of non-renewal of lease... 6 months before my lease was to end. LL specifically stated that her reason for non-renewal was because of my complaint (smoking gun).  I’ve offered to still renew and stated that it was illegal to not even offer renewal based on complaint to county.  What can I sue for? I’ve read in some states it’s 3 months rent plus $1000 max in damages. I can’t find any number or guidelines for North Carolina. 

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Under NC law, the landlord can not evict you.  She can , however, refuse to renew a lease.  If you fail to vacate as ordered, you then can legally be evicted.

 

Retaliation laws only applies to evictions...not non-renewals.

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1 hour ago, Tarheeltim said:

What can I sue for?

 

Anyone can sue anyone for anything, but your landlord's decision not to renew your lease is not legally actionable (and, honestly, why would you want to live in a place owned by a landlord who took six months to repair a septic issue, whom you had to sue, and who doesn't want you as a tenant?).

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