With so many out of work due to the virus, the CDC has
released a federal ban on evictions nationwide
for covered persons. North Carolina courts have also significantly reduced
their court activity,
which includes processing evictions. However, concerns
have been raised about an eviction cliff
when these measures end. Further, landlords may continue with parts of the
eviction process and, although not
necessarily happening in North Carolina, there is even a rise of an “Uber
for evictions” app. The following list is a collection of North Carolina
specific resources related to evictions.
Aid NC - CDC Moratorium
To see if you are covered by the CDC moratorium, Legal Aid
has a created an informational webpage. Legal Aid is an organization across the
state that provides free civil legal services to qualifying low-income people. Their
webpage includes a half hour video discussing the moratorium by their head of
housing practice, as well as a link to the
order itself. They include a brief step-by-step instructional what is required
from tenants and a F.A.Q. They also have a version of the webpage in Spanish.
LawHelpNC.org offers a list of helpful links, primarily
created by Legal Aid of North Carolina, that deal with various aspects of
eviction and the process, such as the padlocking of the premises.
NC Courts Website
The North Carolina courts website is a great resource for
legal information and news. We have a general write up about it as a research
tool in a previous blog
post but below are some specifically relevant links.
Tenant Issues: This first webpage provides some basic information around
eviction, or summary ejectment, in North Carolina. It starts from defining it
to the appeals process. The end includes some information on legal
representation and a link for filing a complaint of housing discrimination.
Court Orders regarding Evictions: The NC Court website also hosts copies of recent orders of
the court. The above link directs to a centralized page where you can find
COVID-19 information divided between landlords and tenants, either filing for
eviction or facing eviction, respectively.
Guide & File: NC Courts allow preparation
of court documents online through the Odyssey Guide & File portal. If
you need help interacting with portal they do link out the Odyssey’s online F.A.Q. and help webpage.
The North Carolina General Statutes are publicly available
online and the following are some potentially relevant statutes that deal with
evictions that can be used as a starting point for research.
Posted by Nor Ortiz on Mon. October 5, 2020 3:00 PM