* A residential landlord in North Carolina may not legally evict a tenant from the rented premises unless he/she first obtains an order or "writ of possession" from a court. A residential landlord may not use "self-help" such as locking tenants out or turning off utilities in lieu of a Summary Ejectment proceeding. If a landlord threatens you with eviction or if you receive court papers, you should seek legal assistance.
* Grounds for Eviction:
o Non-payment of Rent
o Breach of the Lease (i.e. illegal pets, noise, excessive damage or alteration to the premises, illegal activity etc.)
o Holding over after the lease term has ended
o Desertion of the premiseshttp://www.ncsu.edu/stud_affairs/leg...antHandout.htm
I have not been able to determine if there is a time period for non-payment of rent to be grounds for a writ of posession, but I don't have access to all of the NC Statutes either. From the first section of the Statute it appears that up to five days late a renter could be subject to late fees, $15 or not exceeding 5% of rent, so I would say that a Judge would not grant a writ until the sixth day at the least.
In the meantime document everything you do, keep track of any costs (transportation or housing costs, missed work, bank fees, etc...) which could have been caused by this inconvenience.
Assemble a list of all the posessions that were appropriated and their condition and value.
Contact your municipal or State government, http://www.ncdoj.com/consumerprotect..._contactus.jsp
, I think is the proper department.
much more information athttp://www.badlandlords.info/n_carolina.html